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Though many slaves had been declared free by President Abraham Lincoln's 1863 Emancipation Proclamation, their post-war status was uncertain. During the war, it applied only to the states that were in active rebellion on January 1, 1863, but did not apply to slave-holding border states or to areas of Confederate states already under Union control at the time. Lincoln and his fellow Republicans knew that the Emancipation Proclamation might be viewed as a temporary war measure and not outlaw…Continue
Posted on November 9, 2015 at 4:49am
So, what changed Abraham Lincoln from an antislavery moderate to the Great Emancipator?
Lincoln was a complicated figure whose views on slavery, race equality, and African American colonization are often intermixed. There is no doubt that he hated the institution of slavery. However, he was no abolitionist. Lincoln initially recognized that slavery was a bad institution but one that was accepted and necessary for the South's economy. Lincoln had campaigned against the expansion of…Continue
Posted on November 1, 2015 at 11:34pm
Though there had been voices clamoring for the rights of African Americans to represent the United States in the Army since the beginning of the Civil War, the door was never really open until Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. Soon, the United States Army began to organize African Americans into regimental units known as the United States Colored Troops (USCT).
Even before the Emancipation Proclamation was issued, the first regiment to become a…Continue
Posted on October 25, 2015 at 8:00am
During the 1860 presidential election, the divisions between the North and the South became fully exposed. Abraham Lincoln, the Republican candidate, won with a plurality of popular votes and a majority of electoral votes. However, he did not appear on the ballots of ten southern states, thus his election necessarily split the nation along sectional lines. http://bit.ly/1RDQVq5
Posted on October 12, 2015 at 11:37pm