The Emancipation Proclamation

The Emancipation Proclamation was the first step to end slavery in the United States.


Abraham Lincoln had been against slavery from the start. He wanted to get rid of it but he never believed that he was able to. He thought that the Union needed a major victory in order to make the Emancipation Proclamation so everyone would take him seriously. Three months after the Union's victory during the Battle of Antietnam, Lincoln started writing the Emancipation Proclamation. In September of 1862, Lincoln issued a decree saying that the slaves in Confederate states that were not under Union control by January 1, 1863 would be forever free. The Emancipation did not free all slaves in the nation. The Emancipation Proclamation also allowed black men to fight in the Union Army. by the end of the war, over 200,00 black men had joined the Union to fight. The Proclamation helped with the 13th Amendment which abolished slavery in the United States.

Key Points : The Emancipation Proclamation

  • stated that "all persons held as slaves within the "rebellious states" are, and henceforward shall be free."
  • author was Abraham Lincoln
  • over 200,000 black men joined Union


My topic connects to The Antietnam Battle which was the first battle of the Civil War. The Emancipation Proclamation connects to this because Abraham Lincoln waited three months after The Antietnam Battle to write the Emancipation Proclamation. This was because William Seward, Secretary of state, told Lincoln that he should wait for a Union victory so that the government could prove that they could pass the Emancipation Proclamation.
Abraham Lincoln - The Emancipation Proclamation