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Emancipation Proclamation

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The Emancipation Proclamation The Emancipation Proclamation was issued by Abraham Lincoln on January 1 st , 1863; almost two years after the Civil War began. The reason that he did not do it earlier was because he feared it would give the four slave owning border states a reason to secede. Another reason Lincoln waited to issue the act was because he wanted the Union to win a battle so the Proclamation would not look like a desperate move. When the war was going poorly for the North, however, Lincoln was persuaded by Abolitionists that the slaves were helping the South by working as laborers, thus freeing the whites to serve in the Confederate army. The Proclamation declared the freedom of all slaves under
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Unformatted text preview: Confederate control; so at the time, it didn’t free a single slave. Also, the Proclamation still did not affect the border states. It also said that blacks were allowed to enlist in the Union army and the Union navy, giving the Union much more manpower, and strengthening the North’s war effort and weakening the South’s. The Proclamation made the war a war against slavery, which discouraged Britain and France from joining the war and helping the Confederacy. British and French citizens were against slavery, and if those nations helped the Confederacy, they would anger their people and look like they were in favor of slavery....
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