Who freed the slaves?

Abraham Lincoln or the slaves?

In 1863 the terrible labor of slavery came to an end, due to President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. But did Abraham Lincoln really free the slaves? Was he only freeing the slaves to help succeed with the union army? Abraham Lincoln stated himself through out documents that he didnt believe in racial equality between black people and white people. I believe that overtime The slaves freed themselves with their strong attitudes, hard work, and with the help of others from their communities.

The Slaves freed themselves

In the end yes Abraham Lincoln helped end slavery. but so did the slaves. The slaves worked so hard for years and years. fighting for their rights and being whipped. Abraham Licoln didnt have to deal with that type of punishment and abuse. He should not be taking full credit, and its a shame he only wnted to help the union army.