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What did the emacipation proclamation do?

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May 12, 2010 2:18AM

Emancipation Proclamation

- declared slaves free in the any area still in rebellion on the date the final proclamation was issued (January 1, 1863). Note that Lincoln took this step under his "war powers" as Commander-in-Chief; he did not have the Constitutional authority to free them elsewhere (though he took other steps to accomplish that as well).

- authorized the armed services to accept blacks