Emancipation Proclamation

January 1, 1863 President Lincoln's Emancipation


Freed the slaves in the Confederate states and made the issue of slavery the new focus of the war
The sprit of the union was renewed and many slaves joined the army

End of the war

by the end of the war the Proclamation had influenced and prepared citizens to advocate and accept abolition for all slaves in both the North and South. The 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery in the United States, was passed on December 6th, 1865.


The Proclamation made freeing the slaves an explicit goal of the Union war effort. Establishing the abolition of slavery as one of the two primary war goals served to deter intervention by Britain and France.