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By FederalDaily Staff

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What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?

A. established that all men are created equal
B. freed slaves in states that had seceded from the Union
C. created the initial tax system
D. defined the election process, including the Electoral College

 

 

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B. freed slaves in states that had seceded from the Union

President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, announcing, "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious areas "are, and henceforward shall be free."

Despite this expansive wording, the Emancipation Proclamation was limited in many ways. It applied only to states that had seceded from the Union, leaving slavery untouched in the loyal border states. It also expressly exempted parts of the Confederacy that had already come under Northern control. Most important, the freedom it promised depended upon Union military victory.

Although the Emancipation Proclamation did not end slavery in the nation, it captured the hearts and imagination of millions of Americans and fundamentally transformed the character of the war.


More details can be found at www.archives.gov/exhibits/featured_documents/emancipation_proclamation/

Posted by Jeff Rae on Oct 13, 2011 at 4:02 PM


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