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The Emanciption Proclamation


Posted on 16th January 2006 by Judy Breck in Subject Sampler

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Emancipation Proclamation
President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. The original is preserved at the National Archives & Records Administration and can be studied and read at the NARA online exhibit here —announcing,

That on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; and the Executive Government of the United States, including the military and naval authority thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons, and will do no act or acts to repress such persons, or any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual freedom.