The Emancipation Proclamation : A Significant Moment Of Truth

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The occurrence of the famous Emancipation Proclamation proved to be a very significant moment of truth. History was made during the American Civil War on January 1st, 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln declared the slaves to be free from being owned by another person, although the proclamation didn’t completely end slavery. Many may know the famous Emancipation Proclamation as what set the slaves free, but it’s so much more than that. It’s a presidential proclamation, that focused on everything that even had to do with rebellion and uprising, along with the executive branch of the U.S. including the the militia and Navy. The Emancipation Proclamation is so much greater than just a piece of paper; despite the fact that it is easily…show more content…
Issuing the Emancipation Proclamation was a long and complicated process that it was issued more than once. On September 22, 1862 Lincoln issued a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, declaring that as of January 1st, 1863, all slaves in the rebellious states “shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.” Despite that the Emancipation Proclamation did not free any slave, it was still an eye-opening and crucial part of history. It changed the focal point of the Civil War, and gave the people an aspiration and motive to get up everyday. It also changed the entire purpose of the Civil War to save the nation and transform the motive from preserving the Union into standing up for human rights and freedom. Overall, the Emancipation Proclamation ultimately changed the morals and the message of the purpose behind the Civil War. Lincoln believed that slavery was “an unqualified evil to the negro, the white man, and the State,” although during his first inaugural address, Lincoln claimed that he had “no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with slavery in the States where it exists.” Although many may ask “why President Lincoln? Was Lincoln really trying to set the slaves free for the sake of the people? Or was he after something greater?”, Lincoln was very opposed to slavery. He is also the Father of Freedom and believed that the abolishment of slavery is long
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