Essay about Abraham Lincoln And The Emancipation Proclamation

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It was January 1st, 1863, Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. The idea of the proclamation was introduced during the summer of 1862. After the Union took victory in the Battle of Antietam, the Emancipation Proclamation was issued and then put into effect on the 1st of January. Immediately, The course of the war was impacting greatly due to the Emancipation.

"After Lincoln officially signed the proclamation on the New Year 's Day, 1863, hundreds of cheering people gathered in front of the White House.” (Burns 100). This event in American history was one of the most impactful. America was going through one of the worst periods of time. They were treating their own people poorly. Most civilians living in America were grateful for Abraham Lincoln’s courageous act to put an end to slavery in the rebellious states. “Slavery was abolished in the British colonies in America.” ("PBS Begins "Fight Against Slavery").This was a massive step forward in The United States history.

“The problem was that in Abraham’s view, the Constitution protected slavery in the states where it already existed.” (Doris Kearns Goodwin, Ph.D.). Abraham Lincoln to put an end to slavery much earlier than January, 1863 but he did not believe it was possible. Lincoln was elected as president because it was thought that he was the best fit for abolishing slavery. “Although he waffled on the subject of slavery in the early years of his presidency, he would thereafter be remembered as “The…

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