Colorful, laminated FlashCharts condense information into a bright, portable format, filled with illustrations and diagrams—perfect for collecting and carrying anywhere. The struggle over slavery. A nation divided. In 1963, in the midst of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation—an order to set the slaves in the rebellious states free. Students can learn the history behind this powerful executive order, and what effect it had on the war.