The Emancipation Proclamation

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Read about the events leading up to the Emancipation Proclamation and find out how this historic document affected the Civil War and helped shape our nation today. Inside you will find out:

Why President Lincoln was able to issue the Emancipation

Proclamation without support from Congress;

How the Emancipation Proclamation resulted in ...

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Overview

Read about the events leading up to the Emancipation Proclamation and find out how this historic document affected the Civil War and helped shape our nation today. Inside you will find out:

Why President Lincoln was able to issue the Emancipation

Proclamation without support from Congress;

How the Emancipation Proclamation resulted in thousands of blacks oldiers joining the Union army;

And how people around the country reacted to the proclamation

Cornerstones of Freedomâ„¢ brings history to life by capturing the dramatic and defining moments in American history with engaging text, primary source materials, historical photographs, maps, and timelines.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
Abraham Lincoln came to the conclusion as a young man that slavery was a uniform evil. In his early writings Lincoln once noted, "If slavery is not wrong, I do not know what is." Yet, as Mr. Lincoln rose to the penultimate office of President of the United States, it was that very same "wrong" that led to the dissolution of the nation he was elected to lead. During the course of the Civil War, Mr. Lincoln's military forces met with frequent defeat and mismanagement. However, President Lincoln held to his beliefs that the Union must be saved and that slavery was a factor in its salvation. By 1862 Lincoln had crafted what was to become the Emancipation Proclamation. Advised by his cabinet members to forestall the issuing of the decree until a Federal victory occurred, Lincoln received just that opportunity following the Battle of Antietam. That indecisive Federal victory allowed Lincoln to publically release his Proclamation and thereby, on January 1, 1863, put into effect the freeing of all slaves held in bondage in the unoccupied Confederacy. It is this historic pathway towards freedom that is the subject matter of this volume in the "Cornerstones of Freedom" series. As is the case with other books in this fine series, The Emancipation Proclamation combines fine writing, accuracy, and vivid period illustrations. In addition, intriguing online and print resources are provided to readers for further study. This is a fine book that details a critical event in American history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531265574
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Series: Cornerstones of Freedom, Third Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Setting the Scene: Slavery in America 6

Chapter 1 Slavery and War 8

Chapter 2 Lincoln's Decision 16

Chapter 3 The Preliminary Proclamation 24

Chapter 4 The Emancipation Proclamation 34

Chapter 5 An Immediate Impact 42

Map of the Events: What Happened Where? 52

The Story Continuous: Groundwork for Equality 54

Influential Individuals 56

Timeline 58

Living History 60

Resources 61

Glossary 62

Index 63

About the Author 64

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