The Legacy Of The Emancipation Proclamation

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When it comes to Abraham Lincoln people will accept anything as factual, which is why all the myths of Lincoln have actually dominated history for so long. Many believe that the Emancipation Proclamation is solely about honest Abe being a just man and freeing all the slaves with his executive power as sitting president. Lincoln himself stated that it was actually a war tactic strategically planned to cripple the south. If Lincoln’s 1863 article is so dedicated to the freeing of slaves then why were union states like Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri and West Virginia allowed to still participate in keeping their slaves? “And by virtue of the power, and for the purpose aforesaid, I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated States, and parts of States, are, and henceforward shall be free.” which is an excerpt from the Emancipation Proclamation itself which shows that a lot of people don’t read it well enough to notice that the slaves were an actual afterthought. Maybe it’s because they are so caught up in the notation that Lincoln was about slave’s equality and nothing more.
The common myth that Lincolns parents left the slave state of Kentucky to head to Indiana ,which was free at the time, because they were so against the idea of slavery, is nothing more but another situation where we put two things together and make something completely out of context. We want to believe so badly that Abraham was a savior sent from above with a
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