The Emancipation Proclamation

Basic Facts:

  • it was announced by President Abraham Lincoln
  • he gave this speech on January 1, 1863
  • this proclamation freed the slaves in all Confederate "rebellious" states
  • this event changed the focus of the war, from "preserving the Union" to becoming a true war
  • it increased the Unions size of the army and the spirit because blacks could now fight for their freedom in the North



The pictures I chose represent what I think is most important about the Emancipation Proclamation. The text of the speech is very important because they were the words that changed the lives of African Americans forever. They could now go to fight for the Union, which increased support and reset the spirit in the North. I find it also important that only slaves in rebellious states were freed, not border states, because most people don't know that fact.