The Purpose Of The Emancipation Proclamation

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The Emancipation Proclamation was written by president Abraham Lincoln and delivered on March 4, 1861. The purpose of the Emancipation Proclamation was to free slaves and ensure they will be equal in the United States from then on. The Emancipation Proclamation was a proclamation that has changed the United States to this day. The Emancipation Proclamation was wrote by Abraham Lincoln on November 6,1860. President Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation to free slaves of all states. The southern states were outraged and felt like they were mistreated. Not long after, South Carolina seceded from the union because they felt like there was no longer a place for them in the Union. Not long after South Carolina seceded many other southern states felt the same way and seceded as well. The states that seceded soon created the Confederate States of America where they elected Jefferson Davis as their provisional president. Less than a year later President Lincoln delivered an inaugural address that declared that he had no attention of slavery where it existed and it was his duty to maintain the union. This…show more content…
It was meant to fight against slave owners but not against slavery. President Lincoln knew he did not have the power to end slavery because of how evil it was, but he believes he could end it to keep the Union going. He read the Emancipation Proclamation at the battle of Antietam where the Union had taken the victory. The Proclamation warned all of the Confederacy to surrender or their slaves would be freed. On January 1,1863, he issued the final Emancipation Proclamation. It freed all of the slaves that the Confederacy owned that was not in Union hands One Million slaves in Union territory were still in bondage. Most slaves in the south did not hear of this for months. Now the north was not just fighting to preserve the Union, but it was now to end
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