Freedom For All People

By: Diana Scafuto

Getting the Ball Rolling

Slavery was helpful to slave owners, but to the slaves it put a major damper on their lives. It needed to be stopped which is why the Emancipation Proclamation was established. This document got the ball rolling for abolition and changed the outcome of the war.

The Emancipation Proclamation Got the Abolition of Slavery Started

Some famous quotes from the document are...

"all persons held as slaves within any States, or designated part of the State, the people whereof shall be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free."
"And by virtue of the power, and for the purpose aforesaid, I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated States, and parts of States, are, and henceforward shall be free; and that the Executive government of the United States, including the military and naval authorities thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of said persons."

The Creator

The Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Lincoln on January 1st 1863. He created, announced, and signed it in the hopes of ending slavery.
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The Aftermath

This proclamation changed a lot of peoples thoughts about slaves. Different sources say different things regarding whether it freed any slaves, but not many were lucky if any. Even though this sounds like a defeat it band people together and made Americans work together to make decisions.

The question many people may be wondering about is:

How do American values and beliefs, such as abolition, contribute to the continuation of American democracy?

  • The belief of abolition of slavery made Abraham Lincoln write a Proclamation, so they were working as a team, or democracy, by sharing ideas.
  • It was the people's idea to abolish slavery so they are making decisions as well not just the President.
  • The proclamation changed people's views and opinions on slavery which forced them to work together and make decisions as a democracy.

Fun Facts!

  • President Lincoln read the first draft of the Emancipation Proclamation to his Cabinet members on July 22, 1862
  • The 13th amendment was passed on December 6th, 1865.
  • This permanently stopped slavery.
  • President Lincoln died a few months after the 13th amendment was passed, so he was able to see his goal succeed before death.