Abraham Lincoln 's Emancipation Proclamation

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The Emancipation Proclamation
Although Abraham Lincoln produced numerous timeless events in the history of the United States of America, perhaps none more effective as the Emancipation Proclamation. The innovative and impactful Emancipation Proclamation consisted of two executive orders issued by President Lincoln. The first order was issued on September 22, 1862 and gave freedom to all slaves in the Confederate States of America that did not return to Union control by January 1, 1863. One hundred days later, the second order was issued on January 1, 1863, this order was more descriptive and named specific states (Klos, 2014).
Today Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation is viewed and favored as the Government’s first major step in the abolition of slavery. It is also considered the first real addition to Thomas Jefferson’s vision of equality outlined in the Declaration of Independence. However, the immediate reaction when the preliminary Proclamation was released was that of both praise and condemnation. Abolitionists viewed the Proclamation as weak, while Democrats and Southerners saw it as groundbreaking and aggressive. Other than the order itself, the manner in which it was released was a political and national powder keg (Girardi, 2013).
The first executive order came five days after the bloodiest single day of the Civil War, the Battle of Antietam. However, this was not the beginning of the use of slavery as a war tool for numerous reasons. In the…
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