Emancipation Proclamation: Ending Slavery in America

Overview

Written by President Abraham Lincoln in the bustling mailroom of the White House, the Emancipation Proclamation angered and shocked many people. Declaring that all slaves would be freed in the Confederate states that did not return to the Union by January 1, 1863, this groundbreaking document is considered Lincoln's most direct action to hasten the end of slavery. Though the Emancipation Proclamation was widely attacked at the time of its creation because it freed only the slaves in states in which the Union held...
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Overview

Written by President Abraham Lincoln in the bustling mailroom of the White House, the Emancipation Proclamation angered and shocked many people. Declaring that all slaves would be freed in the Confederate states that did not return to the Union by January 1, 1863, this groundbreaking document is considered Lincoln's most direct action to hasten the end of slavery. Though the Emancipation Proclamation was widely attacked at the time of its creation because it freed only the slaves in states in which the Union held no power, its issuance linked the Union's fight for the country's unity with the moral cause of freeing the slaves. It also allowed black men-primarily former slaves-to join the military, thus creating crucial advantages for the North that factored into the end of the Civil War. The Emancipation Proclamation examines the story behind one of the most important documents in history-a precursor to the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which effectively ended slavery in the United States.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Amanda MacGregor
This book in the "Milestones in American History" series examines President Abraham Lincoln's fight to end slavery. Woog thoroughly explains slavery's long history in America, beginning as early as 1619 with slaves landing in the colonies. Woog details the moderate approach Lincoln wanted to take in ending slavery, and how, as the Civil War unfolded, Lincoln was moved to do something more extreme, despite his feelings that the Constitution did not give him the power to end slavery. Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation was a long time in the making and a risky political move. The book addresses the reactions to the proclamation as well as its problems, such as how to enforce it. The book concludes by explaining how the Emancipation Proclamation led to the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment and the proclamation's legacy through the Civil Rights era. The wealth of information provided not just about the Emancipation Proclamation but about President Lincoln, slavery, and the Civil War give the reader a more fully contextualized understanding of one of the nation's most significant documents. The dense text is enhanced with reproductions from newspapers, photographs, and sidebars elaborating information presented in the chapters. A chronology, source notes, an index, and extensive bibliography of books, periodicals, and websites are included. Reviewer: Amanda MacGregor
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604133073
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Series: Milestones in American History Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Importance of the Emancipation Proclamation 1

2 Forcing the Issue 11

3 Creating the Emancipation Proclamation 25

4 Political Fallout of the Proclamation 39

5 Reactions Around the World to the Proclamation 52

6 The Proclamation Changes the War's Course 63

7 The Thirteenth Amendment 76

8 The Proclamation's Legacy 87

Chronology and Timeline 100

Notes 102

Bibliography 106

Further Reading 111

Index 113

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