The Emancipation Proclamation

Misty Thompson

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Background Information

  • Abraham Lincoln declared that on January 1, 1863, all slaves in rebellious states shall be free.
  • This proclamation kept exempted the border states and parts of three confederate states under control of the Union army since they were not in rebellion against the United States.
  • Allowed the recruitment of of freed slaves and free blacks as Union soldiers.
  • Increased the stakes of the civil war. It became a war for "a new birth of freedom."
  • Added moral force to the Unions cause and strengthened their military and political powers.
  • The freedom of slaves would only happen if the Union won the war.
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