Emancipation Of Proclamation Dbq

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The Emancipation of Proclamation was signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 and this document declared “all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.” This document did not end slavery but it changed the course of history. President was not an abolitionist but he did know that in order to win a war and have peace he needed to free the slaves. The proclamation was intended to act as an idea to act as a war device. Beginning with the Civil War and ending with Lincoln’s death the Emancipation was the first real movement to abolishing slavery, more so in the South. In 1860 the Republican Party picked Abraham Lincoln as its candidate for presidency. The Southerners considered him an enemy and stated they would demand secession from the Union if Lincoln is elected as President. After winning the election, South Carolina seceded from the United States, with several states following. This was the beginning of the Civil War. The beginning of the Civil War marked an objective not originally to free the slaves, but to merely preserve the union. Lincoln's original goal was simply to save the country. As Congress and President Lincoln continued to…show more content…
The emancipation applied only to states that had seceded from the union and the freedom it promised depended on victory upon Union military. The proclamation did however announce the acceptance of black men into the Union Army and Navy, and by the end of the war over 200,000 black soldiers had fought for freedom. The Emancipation of Proclamation led the way to total abolition of slavery in the United States. This document is considered Lincoln’s crowning achievement of his presidency before his assassination on April 14, 1865 by John Wilkes Booth, a confederate

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