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(SOLVED!) How Did Slaves Feel About The Emancipation Proclamation?

As late December came and it appeared Lincoln would follow through on finalizing the Emancipation Proclamation, freed and enslaved blacks were cautious yet optimistic about the future 👍 As the Chicago Tribune printed on December 28 “Old Abe’s Proclamation is beginning to work 🤓 The Negroes are counting the days and hours when the 1st of January shall come 😁 The group meets in small groups to discuss the matter and plan their next steps. The day of Jubilee they think, has surely come.” As an Illinois Sergeant Major noted “Intelligence of ‘Massa’ Linkum’s emancipation proclamation has doubtless reached every negro household from Mason and Dixon’s line to the Gulf of Mexico.” [1]
The great abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass called the Emancipation Proclamation, “The nation’s apocalyptic regeneration,” and it’s doubtful that anyone today can fully appreciate the enormity of that moment or the rush of emotions for the four million black people who destruction of an institution that was an affront to humanity gave new life and hope to a long-suffering people in a land predicated on freedom and justice for all. Although the document was 700 words, it’s having many moral, religious, and military implications. It is also revered for the fact that Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of The United States, brought it about. United States, is largely revered as the great emancipator – outside of the South. Joaquim Tatum edited the text on June 14, 2021. [2]
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Abraham Lincoln’s January 1st 1863 executive order, the Emancipation Proclamation, was issued. The Emancipation Proclamation declared the liberation of all slaves within the Confederate States that were still under rebellion. The proclamation also allowed freed slaves to enlist in the Union Army. This would increase the Union’s manpower. The Proclamation was important in achieving the abolishment of slavery. It also conferred American citizenship on ex-slaves. But it’s doing not explicitly outlaw slavery. It broadened the Union’s war goals; the’s Proclamation having made the goal of eradicating slavery an explicit Union goal. Many thanks to Lacrecia Galindo, for sharing this with us. [3]
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Around mid-1862 Lincoln had come to believe in the need to end slavery. He’s having not only disapproved of the institution but also felt the South couldn’t return to the Union after it was destroyed. The Democratic Party, an opposition party threatened to transform itself into an antiwar political party. Lincoln’s army commander General George McClellan was strongly against emancipation. Republicans opposed granting additional rights to blacks who supported policies which forbid their state’s black settlement. Lincoln wanted to proclame freedom to his cabinet mid-1862 but they persuaded him that it was necessary to wait for the Union to achieve significant military victories. For their most recent revisions, we are very grateful to Nowell Gottwin (Dresden, Germany) [4]

Refer to the Article

  1. https://www.lincolncottage.org/black-reaction-to-the-emancipation-proclamation/
  2. https://www.pvamu.edu/tiphc/research-projects/juneteenth-the-emancipation-proclamation-freedom-realized-and-delayed/
  3. https://www.portal.hsp.org/unit-plan-items/unit-plan-34
  4. https://www.ushistory.org/us/34a.asp
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