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The Emancipation Proclamation, 150 Years Ago

By History.com Staff

On September 22, 1862, soon after the Union victory at Antietam and the American Civil War raged, Abraham Lincoln issued a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, declaring that as of January 1, 1863, all slaves in the rebellious states “shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.” While the Emancipation Proclamation did not free a single slave, it was an important turning point in the war, transforming the fight to preserve the nation into a battle for human freedom. To commemorate the anniversary, we wanted to highlight some of the related features, videos and articles available on History.com

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Categories: Abraham Lincoln, American Civil War, Emancipation Proclamation