Today in Black History – The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863

“If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong.” This is what Abraham Lincoln stated in a letter to a constituent in 1864. He had always been against slavery but believed that his presidential powers as defined by the Constitution did not give him the authority to abolish it. In early 1862, Lincoln tried and failed to develop an alternative approach: an effort to free the salves of the Border States by buying out their masters

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Posted on July 22, 2012, in Black Facts, Community News, Museums and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off.

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