Taking a Look at The Emancipation Proclamation

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From the time the man first walked into office he was hounded by people wanting to end the ‘people of service and labor.’ That description is one Lincoln wrote about in his Emancipation Proclamation, instead of saying, ‘blacks’ or ‘slaves’. When Lincoln took office, his main goal was to reunite the Union. He wanted to make sure that no matter what he did, that no part would secede from the Union. There was warfare, there was struggle, and there were unhappy people but the Emancipation Proclamation made its way to the Union on January 1, 1863. Trying to hold the Union together meant trying anything and everything. In 1850 the Fugitive Slave Law was adopted. This law allowed slaveholders to recover slaves who had run away. There was much confusion among congress and the slaveholders with this specific law, ultimately ending in the Compromise of 1850. Slaves whom were free for years, were no longer free in the eyes of the judges who would capture, hold a trial and ship them back to the South for slavery. Lincoln and many white northerners accepted the act for the sake of keeping the Union. Lincoln would end up being elected President in 1860. Southerners were not happy with this decision as it scared them that Lincoln could abolish slavery. Within three months of his Presidency, the seven states of the South had seceded. These seven states, and the four that…
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