The Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, 1862

". . . on the first day of January . . . all persons held as slaves within any State, or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free."

President Abraham Lincoln, September 22, 1862

President Lincoln issued the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation warning in the midst of the Civil War, announcing on September 22, 1862, that if the rebels, that is, the governmsnts of the Southern Confederacy and their armies did not end the fighting, and rejoin the Union by January 1, 1863, all slaves in the rebellious states would be free.

Emancipation  Proclamation Background

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Emancipation Proclamation

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