Chapter 17

Chapter 17: The War Of The Union

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The Emancipation Proclamation


Why did Lincoln issue the Emancipation Proclamation, and how was it perceived?

In July 1862 President Abraham Lincoln informed his Cabinet that he intended to emancipate slaves in areas in rebellion against the United States. He announced his decision to the American people two months later, and formally emancipated the slaves on January 1, 1863. While African Americans and some northerners celebrated Lincoln's measure, white southerners condemned it.


Choose from the following titles:

  1. Abraham Lincoln: The Emancipation Proclamation (1863)
  2. First Draft of the Emancipation Proclamation
  3. Lincoln Writing the Emancipation (1863)
  4. Image: The Confederate view of the Emancipation Proclamation
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