Abraham Lincoln 's Emancipation Proclamation

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Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation is one of the most successful and influential documents in America’s history and throughout the world. Slavery in America had been a substantial part of its history since the early 1600’s and would eventually lead to be a very controversial topic throughout the country. It was an issue that divided the nation momentously into one of the bloodiest wars in world history where even further history would be made through the final abolition of slavery. The effects from the most imperative milestones would be everlasting and even to this day discrimination and segregation are still being felt. Abraham Lincoln is the most respected and significant President of the United States and through the Proclamation, its effects and its influences turned the course of American history forever. Various key events had led to the famous Abraham Lincoln Emancipation and it all essentially started as a demand to free slaves from Confederacy states. Slavery began in 1619 in Virginia when European settlers landed on its shores to colonise the area of Jamestown. Captured Africans were forced into slavery in order to aid in the production of crops for food and particularly, tobacco. Slavery continued to be practiced throughout American colonies through the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Slavery in the North was not as extensive as the South and between 1744-1804 all Northern states illegalized slavery. It seems there was a short period of time when slave
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