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Emancipation Proclamations

When he took office in 1861, President Abraham Lincoln pledged to enforce the fugitive slave law.

Lincoln freed the slaves held in Washington D.C. on April 16, 1862 via a law. Eight months later he signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

Compare and Contrast each action.

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Next apply what you have learned/

District of Columbia Emancipation Act Emancipation Proclamation of Jan 1, 1863

1. Which one was a better "deal" for the individuals held as slaves?


2. Which one had a better outcome for the slave holders?



3. How was slavery finally abolished for the entire country?


What act established equality for all the citizens in the United States?


Even though the Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves, most of the people in the USA were still not given equality.
Name 2 groups of people who did not benefit from the proclamation.



Do some research:

How was slavery abolished England?


What is the optimal path for freeing people from slavery or establishing equality?


"We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing.
With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while
with others, the same word many mean for some men to do as they
please with other men, and the product of other men's labor. Here are
two, not only different, but incompatible things, called by the same name
- liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties,
called by two different and incompatible names - liberty and tyranny." Abraham Lincoln
Source: April 18, 1864 - Address at Sanitary Fair, Baltimore, Maryland

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Posted 9/2008 by Cynthia J. O'Hora This work is released to the public domain

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