The Emancipation Proclamation
Thenceforward, and Forever Free
Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862. It stipulated that if the Southern states did not cease their rebellion by January 1, 1863, then the Proclamation would go into effect. When the Confederacy did not yield, Lincoln issued the final Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, declaring “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebellious state “are, and henceforward shall be free.”
Explore the Emancipation Proclamation
10 Facts: The Emancipation Proclamation
The Emancipation Proclamation is arguably one of the top ten most important documents in the history of the United States; however, it is also one of...
10 Facts: Juneteenth
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally-celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Learn about the history of this holiday —...
How Well Do You Know the Emancipation Proclamation?
How well do you know the Emancipation Proclamation? Test the depth of your knowledge of Abraham Lincoln's famous proclamation!
Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation
The Emancipation Proclamation issued by Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863.
Juneteenth commemorates General Order No. 3 which was issued by Major General Gordon Granger, who arrived in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865. The...
General Order No. 3
The Civil War ended in the summer of 1865. Union General Gordon Granger and his troops traveled to Galveston, Texas to announce General Order No. 3 on...
More About the Emancipation Proclamation
- President Lincoln to A.G. Hodges »
- William H. Seward »
- 1862: Antietam and Emancipation »
- Colored Troops Under General Wild, Liberating Slaves in South Carolina »
- The Lincoln Statue, or Emancipation Memorial »
- President Lincoln's Cottage »
- Slavery in the United States »
- Giuseppe Garibaldi to President Lincoln »
- "A Complaint from the London Times" Editorial Letter on the Emancipation Proclamation »
- Abraham Lincoln's Draft of the Emancipation Proclamation »
- "Rejoicing Over the Proclamation" »
- Black Soldiers in the Civil War »
- William Seward to Charles Francis Adams on the Emancipation Proclamation »