Analysis of the Emancipation Proclamation Speech

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The "Emancipation Proclamation" speech was actually intended for most of the people that would free the slaves, not to the slaves. According to Rollyson the proclamation was not intended for the slave, blacks, or former slaves. The “Emancipation Proclamation” speech was during the Antislavery Movement or what some people call it the Abolitionist Movement, during the 1960's. The main leaders of the abolitionist movement were Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglas. The point of Lincoln writing the speech about emancipating the slaves was to free the slaves and win the civil war. Lincoln had written a speech named "The Emancipation Proclamation". He wrote this speech and signed it in January of 1863, in Washington, D.C. The theme of the speech …show more content…
"He prudently took advantage of the exigencies of war to maneuver the nation toward his moral goal" (Johnson and Guelzo). This illustrates that Lincoln wanted to get the "Emancipation Proclamation" address out in the world really quickly, so that he could eventually win the civil war and also try to end slavery for that little period of time. The author Abraham Lincoln had many purposes of writing the speech about the emancipation of the slaves.
Lincoln most likely had many reasons to write this speech, but there was one main reason that stood out the most to Majerol. Lincoln signed the "Emancipation Proclamation" to transform the nature of the civil war such as, helping the Union secure victory in the civil war. In addition, it had freed the slaves in all of the confederate states but not in the Union states because he did not want to lose his support in the northern states. If Lincoln would have freed the slaves in the entire United States of America he would have lost all of his supporters in the north that had slaves. In addition he would have lost the civil war because of his lack of troops. "It authorized the enlistment of free blocks for armed service, free slaves from farms" (Majerol). Therefore, Lincoln signed the “Emancipation Proclamation” because he wanted the support of the blacks so that they could join and help them win the civil war. Lincoln signed the proclamation because he knew