Abraham Lincoln And The Civil War

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Abraham Lincoln

Lizzy Cook
HIS 103
17 November 2015

Before the Emancipation Proclamation was passed, the Civil War had been going on for two years. UNION VICTORIES The Emancipation Proclamation was signed on September 22, 1862, but it did not take effect until January 1, 1863 (Emancipation Proclamation 1863). This took place during the Civil War, which was fought between the Union States and the Confederate States of America. The Emancipation Proclamation did not free the slaves, because it only applied to the areas that the Union had no power in. It did not apply to the Southern area that the Union already had taken control of or occupied. It also did not apply to the slave states that were already a part of the Union or the border states. It applied only to the areas that were under the control of the Confederate States. The Union Army had no control there, so they could not enforce it (CORNALE NOTES). The Emancipation Proclamation had a small impact practically, but had a larger symbolic effect, and led to the Thirteenth Amendment following the victory of the Union in 1865 (Emancipation Proclamation 1863). EMCANIPATOR DEFINTIYON Lincoln should not be known the “Great Emancipator.” The Emancipation Proclamation was one of Lincoln’s war strategies that was supposed to free the slaves in the United States, including the states that were rebelling against the Union (Emancipation Proclamation 1863). Before the Emancipation Proclamation, there were several Confiscation

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