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Emancipation Proclamation By Matman45SW The Emancipation Proclamation On September 221862 President Abraham Lincoln first issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation This document stated that slaves would be free with some exceptions Earlier at a July 22 1862 cabinet meeting the president announced that he had decided to declare the emancipation of Southern slaves The enlistment of 29000 blacks in the Union army of the civil war forced Lincoln to make that important decision Then on New Years Day January 11863 he declared that slaves held in southern states Shall be then thenceforward and forever free But slaves in the Border States of Delaware Maryland Missouri Kentucky and about all of the Northern states were exempt from this policy Also for Southern slaves to be truly free they must escape to the North The statement also included that former slaves refrain from all violence unless in self-defense In addition that they faithfully work for reasonable labor wages President Lincoln further declares that slaves of suitable condition will be accepted in the United States armed forces The Emancipation Proclamation received many different responses just here in the North Slaveholders in Union states were glad that they could keep their slaves Abolitionists and Radical Republicans hailed Lincolns actions as a omen of slaverys death While other Northerners were concerned that freeing millions of formerly enslaved African-Americans would cause mass unemployment and unrest and objected almost as strongly as the South But this has recently changed as Union soldiers have begun to see that blacks in the army can help win the Civil War Two major effects have risen due to the Proclamation One is that European sympathy has increased and the possibility of Europe aiding the South in its cotton diplomacy has failed Also the Northern army has been able to start raising all black regiments which have become extremely well fighting combat units There are now almost 100000 blacks fighting for our way of life
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