Significance And Impact Of The Emancipation Proclamation

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Jonathan E. Luzniak
Mr. Deeb
U.S. History 1A
5 May, 2015
Significance and Impact of the Emancipation Proclamation
Abraham Lincoln once said, "A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure permanently half-slave and half-free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved - I do not expect the house to fall - but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other." (Lincoln 's 'House-Divided ' Speech in Springfield, Illinois, June 16, 1858). The critical issue of slavery throughout the 19th century in America, was a heavily debated topic. Due to this disagreement of the bondage of slaves, America was split into two distinct entities, the Union and the Confederacy. Both of these bodies of states struggled over the idea of slavery, and whether or not it should be enforced, but both for different reasons. In the North, or the Union States, slavery was looked down upon being morally wrong, while on the other hand, the Southerners, or the Confederate States, believed the exact opposite. In the year of 1863, the issue of slavery would start to diminish due to a very important proclamation issued by President Abraham Lincoln. This prominent decree, the Emancipation Proclamation, would settle the heated dispute between the Union and the Confederacy for all years to come. Although not one slave was initially freed by the Emancipation Proclamation in the Southern states, the deeper symbolic meaning of the manifesto
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