Saturday, September 22, 2007

The Emancipation Proclaimation was issued today

Following the pre-emptive victory at Antietam President Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclaimation, freeing slaves in states or portions of states still in rebellion on January 1, 1863. Few people realize that Lincoln didn't free the slaves with this document. Rather, the slaves that still were in areas controlled by the South were free. Many looked at this as Lincoln opting out of taking a stand on slavery. Oh well, I am off again, stay tuned for more.


Anonymous said...

Lincoln new well that The Emancipation Proclaimation was a letter of principles, rather than absolutes. He new that the south wouldnt be able to recover (if they lost) if all slavery was abolished. It would be devastating on the moneyflow.

Most of he`s writing does make it clear that he is pretty sincere in he`s view on slavery, but that he would have to lower he`s targets, if there was going to be a good growth, and possibility for properity after a long war.

Its pretty fatalistic, but quite nessesary.

Mike said...

I agree, slavery had to be destroyed.