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Emancipation Proclamation On Jan 1 1863 US President Abraham Lincoln declared free all slaves residing in territory in rebellion against the federal government This Emancipation Proclamation actually freed few people It did not apply to slaves in border states fighting on the Union side nor did it affect slaves in southern areas already under Union control Eventually the states in rebellion did not act on Lincolns order But the proclamation did show Americans that the civil war was now being fought to end slavery Lincoln had been reluctant to come to this position A believer in white supremacy he initially viewed the war only in terms of preserving the Union As pressure for abolition mounted in Congress and the country however Lincoln became more sympathetic to the idea On Sept 22 1862 he issued a preliminary proclamation announcing that emancipation would become effective on Jan 1 1863 in those states still in rebellion Although the Emancipation Proclamation did not end slavery in America this was achieved by the 13TH Amendment to the Constitution on Dec 18 1865 Scorched Earth Policy In March of 1864 Lincoln granted Ulysses S Grant commandment of all union forces Grants first actions were to implant a scorched earth policy on the South Upon the policy Grants troops burned farm land plantation homes and cities to destroy the enemys food shelter and supplies to break the Souths will to fight The scorched earth policy was very brutal yet very effective The scorched earth policy has been used many times since in modern wars and quarrels The definition of scorched earth policy A reaction to a takeover attempt that involves liquidating valuable assets and assuming liabilities in an effort to make the proposed takeover unattractive to the acquiring company Sharecropping In the United States the practice rose at the end of the Civil War out of the plantation system Many planters had good land but little money for wages
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