Emancipation Proclamation And Discrimination Essay

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Emancipation Proclamation And Discrimination

As the glowing sun set over the bloody fields of Antietem, the Civil War became a
different War. Five days after the battle at Antietem was won, armed with pen and paper,
Abraham Lincoln changed the war when he issued, one of the most important and
controversial documents in America history, the Emancipation Proclamation. Congress was
urging emancipation. Escaped slaves were fleeing to the Union army as it advanced in the
South, complicating military operations.Issued on September 22, 1862, Lincoln's
preliminary proclamation declared that on New Year's, 1863, slaves in areas then "in
rebellion against the United States shall be then, henceforward, and foreverfree." The
final Emancipation Proclamation, issued January 1, 1863, authorized the recruitment of
blacks into the Union Army, which abolitionist leaders such as Frederick Douglass had been
urging since the beginning of armed conflict. By the end of the war, almost 200,000 black
soldiers and sailors had fought for the Union and freedom.The Emancipation Proclamation
opposed discrimination. It allowed black slaves to serve in the army and get other jobs,
or continue to work on plantations, as employees making money. However it was limited in
many ways. It did not apply to slaves in border states fighting on the Union Side. It
didn't even affect slaves in southern areas already under Union control. Without a doubt,
the states in rebellion did not act on Lincoln's order. But the proclamation did show
Americans that the Civil War was now being fought to end slavery.This great document
helped shatter the issue of slavery. Slavery was completly crushed with the 13TH
Amendment. Black soldiers lead a celebration among South Carolina slaves for the
Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. For decades after the Civil War,
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