Summary Of The Emancipation Proclamation

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In the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, Abraham Lincoln states that if the Southern states did not end their rebellion by January 1st, 1863, that Proclamation would go into effect. When the South did not follow these terms, Lincoln issued the final Emancipation Proclamation on January 1st, 1863. This document helped lead the way to the total removal of slavery from the entire United States and the creation of the thirteenth Amendment. The author of the Emancipation Proclamation is the sixteenth president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln who served from March 1861 to his assassination in April 1865. Abraham Lincoln was born in Hodgenville, Kentucky and was largely a self-educated man. Later in Lincolns life he became a lawyer in Illinois, a Whig party leader, and elected the Illinois House of Representatives. In 1846, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives but shortly afterwards returned to Illinois to resume his law career. When he decided to get back into politics in 1854 he became a leader in the building of the new Republican Party which had popularity in Illinois. During Lincolns campaign for US Senator from Illinois he participated in highly publicized debates with his opponent, Democrat Stephen A. Douglas, where he spoke against slaveries expansion. He often expressed his dislike for slavery in public and private, and eventually wanted to bring end to slavery. In 1860, Lincoln became the Republican Party presidential nomination and
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