The Emancipation Proclamation was a document that freed enslaved African Americans that were held in Confederate states that were at war against the Union. It was written by President Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865) in the midst of the American Civil War (1861–1865) and became effective on January 1, 1863. In reality, enslaved people were not actually freed until after the war ended in 1865. However, the proclamation affected the course of the war by adding slavery to the stated reasons for the fight, by allowing Black soldiers to join the army on the Union side, and by affecting how other countries viewed the war.
From the mid-sixteenth century through the early years of the nineteenth century, enslaved Africans were treated as...Read more
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