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Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation

Resources for teaching about the Emancipation Proclamation, Abraham Lincoln, and the Civil War


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On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, an executive order that freed slaves in the Confederate states. The proclamation ultimately paved the way for the abolishment of slavery in America. Lincoln’s action also changed the direction of the Civil War by making abolition an explicit goal of the Union, or the North.

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