The Emancipation Proclamation: A Violation Of The Declaration Of Independence

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When Abraham Lincoln proposed the Emancipation Proclamation, it was more of a noble act of morality than it was a violation of the states rights. Lincoln knew that the best course of action, and the choice with the most moral standing, was freeing the slaves. Or, at least, clearing the way for the emancipation process to begin and gradually abolishing slavery. Even though the reason that Lincoln proposed the proclamation was to get states to return to the Union, he still believed that slavery was wrong. Lincoln knew that it was an evil idea and wanted to make sure that it did not spread any more than it already has. The Proclamation was not a violation of the states rights; slavery was already a violation of morality that all people should …show more content…
Although the word itself was not once mentioned in the Constitution, it was mentioned in the Declaration of Independence, which is the set of ideals that this nation is committed to. A direct quote from the declaration is, “All men are created equal.” (“Equality…”). This is a quote that should forever be followed and was not being followed at the time of slavery. The only people being treated equal for free white men who had owned land. This was not even the majority of the population: there were also the African Americans (the slaves and the frees, who were not treated as if they were free), women, children, and men who did not own land. After the proclamation was issued, it authorized the recruitment of African Americans as Union Soldiers (“Primary Documents…”). This was a step in the right direction of equality, even if it was just to get more help on the Union side of the battle. Equality is a big deal in the United States, except it was never treated that way. Nobody was ever truly equal until everybody was free, accounted for, and treated the same as everyone else. The Emancipation Proclamation was the first step in achieving total equality, which has still not even been achieved today. It takes more than just a document for people to be treated fairly; it was mostly on account of the responses from …show more content…
Southerners felt threatened by the Proclamation because it promised to free the slaves in states that did not rejoin the Union. Thus, there have also been paintings that were shown to depict Lincoln as the Devil with the Proclamation at his feet (“The Emancipation Proclamation”). Not all of the responses were negative,though. The Northern abolitionists felt it was a good start to abolitionism. African Americans also had an opinion on it. Frederick Douglass, a black abolitionist, wrote, “To fight against slavery is but a half-hearted business. War for the destruction of liberty must be met with war for the destruction of slavery,” (“Emancipation Proclamation…”). This was saying that in order to have liberty and freedom, one must not have slavery. Those two things are complete opposites and do not go together, at all. The proclamation affected not only the North and SOuth involvement; it affected foreign involvement, also. Britain, along with other nations, considered being on the Confederate side, except they were against slavery. They ended up supporting the Proclamation instead (“The Emancipation Proclamation”). The Emancipation Proclamation was made for the better, despite the varying arguments. Lincoln had good intentions when proposing it and to him, even though it could have lost him the support of the South for the next election, he went through with it

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