Essay on Abraham Lincoln And The Emancipation Proclamation

1003 Words Nov 21st, 2014 5 Pages
“That the President will free all the little slave children,” was the words written on a petition given to Abraham Lincoln in 1864 (Swanson 1). These few words and the 195 signatures that accompanied it were enough to touch the president’s heart (Emancipation Proclamation Little People 2). Although the Emancipation Proclamation, a document freeing about 3.1 million slaves in the United States, was issued a year earlier, there were still some people unhappy about it’s effects (Emancipation Proclamation 3). Many abolitionists complained that the Emancipation had not gone far enough (Stowell 9). Other people from the Confederacy hated the Proclamation causing their rebellion to be greater and the war to be worse (Stowell 9). Another group of people, who considered themselves Anti-Slavery, were happy at the step that the country had made towards freeing slaves (Stowell 9). These and many more were pressures that Lincoln had to face daily. Upon receiving the Petition from the 195 students from Massachusetts, there is no doubt that the President would have felt that same pressure (Emancipation Proclamation Little People 2). None the less, our 16th President responded in an a surprisingly way. Mr. Lincoln wrote a response to Mary Mann, the “endorser” of this petition (Emancipation Proclamation Little People 6). In this letter, Lincoln asked Mrs. Mann to tell the children that had signed the Petition that he appreciated their worry and care for the slaves of the United…

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