Why Did Lincoln Create The Emancipation Proclamation?

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The Emancipation Proclamation is one of the most well known speeches in US history, due to its influence on the views of African American slaves. However Lincoln, the president at the time, originally did not have a side to the argument of the equal treatment of the African American race. This view would soon start to slowly change with the start of the Civil War. With the coming of the civil war, the Union needed soldiers due to the fact that they were losing many battles, and the African American males were one of the only choices. The other reason would be that allowing slaves to be free in the North would cause a revolt from those that were enslaved in the south. Though Lincoln did not have a side on the argument of the equal treatment …show more content…

When word would spread to the south that slaves could be freed, Lincoln strongly believed that these slaves would revolt against their owners, so that they could do what they can to help the Union defeat the Confederacy in the Civil War. However, this move was very risky as it could have swayed the border states from helping the Union into joining the Confederacy. But in the end, Lincoln himself came to the conclusion that slavery was morally incorrect and went through with his decision, by creating the Emancipation Proclamation and freeing the slaves in the Confederate territory. There were many causes for Lincoln to create the Emancipation Proclamation, especially considering the time period it was created in. However, the Civil War was the major contributer to the creation of the Emancipation Proclamation as it was the turning point for the relationship between slaver supporters (south) and non slave supporters (north). Though there were many different causes for the creation of the Emancipation Proclamation, in the end, it came down to Lincoln himself coming to the conclusion that slavery was morally incorrect and should be

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