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.”
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10 datos: La Proclamación de Emancipación
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A draft of the Emancipation Proclamation that Lincoln read to his cabinet on July 22, 1862.
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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 »