The Impact Of The Emancipation Proclamation

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During the American Civil War, which took place between 1860-1865, the President of the United States of America, Abraham Lincoln, introduced the Emancipation Proclamation on the 1st of January 1863 which was designed to free all slaves in the rebellion states in the Confederate South. Slavery had played a significant role in the development of the Southern economy and therefore by introducing the Proclamation, Lincoln would hope for two main events to happen, one being the increase of black soldiers in the Union Army in order to defeat the South and the decrease of black slave labour which would hinder the development of the Southern Economy. However, although slaves had contributed to the development of the economy, in the long run slavery did impact the Southern Economy negatively by hindering the growth and development of transportation and cities which would in turn help boost the Southern economy.

Abraham Lincoln used slavery as a tool to strengthen his position in the Civil War, for slavery was the foundation of the Confederates economy and if he took it away from them, he would be weakening their economy and gaining a stronger infantry. In the early stages of war, Lincoln was “receiving pressure from the abolitionists and had lost to the Confederates in a “series of military victories” (Source F). Abraham Lincoln’s two Confiscation Acts, the first in 1861, “declared that slaves escaping to union lines would be considered contraband” which aided the escaped black man

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