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What did the harshest British critics say about the Emancipation Proclamation of US President Lincoln?


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Many British critics did not approve of the Emancipation Proclamation. They did not feel it was a good idea.

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What did president Lincoln's emancipation proclamation accomplish?

It kept the British and French from supporting the Confederacy - it would have made them look pro-slavery themselves.


What was the most important effect of the emancipation proclamation?

The most important effect of the emancipation proclamation was keeping the British and the French from aiding the Confederates, which was a major headache for Lincoln in Summer 1862.


What is the impotance of the emancipation proclamation?

It kept the British from recognising the Confederacy and sending military aid.


Why did Lincoln shifted to emancipation proclamation?

Lincoln shifted to the Emancipation Proclamation because he did not want the British to be able to aid the Confederates. He also wanted to introduce ethics as opposed to politics into the issue of slavery.


What was the effect of president Abraham Lincoln issues the emancipation proclamation?

It kept the British and French from sending aid to the Confederacy - it would have made them look pro-slavery themselves.


Was British recognition of the CSA influenced by the battle of Gettysburg?

The British never recognized the CSA. The Emancipation Proclamation had more to do with that than Gettysburg.


What immediate effect of president Lincoln issuing the emancipation proclamation?

The British had to give up their plans to grant recognition to the Confederacy and send military aid, for fear of looking pro-slavery.


Why did Lincoln think an emancipation proclamation would help the North?

I would believe the emancipation proclamation is important for the north because of its factories. The loss of enslaved workers would hurt the south and would turn the british away from the south.


What did Lincoln promise to do about slavery after the Battle of Antietam?

He issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which kept the British from sending military aid to the Confederates.


What political pressures influenced the emancipation proclamation?

Lincoln's urgent need to keep the British from supporting the Confederates. (After the issue of the Emancipation Proclamation, the British could not intervene without looking pro-slavery.) He was also hoping to regenerate Northern morale by introducing a crusading aspect to the war, though this did not seem to have the desired effect.


How did Emancipation Proclamation impact the British diplomacy?

It meant that the British would have to give up their plans to aid the South - it would have made them look pro-slavery themselves.


What effect did the emancipation proclamation have on the court of the war?

Shamed the British and French out of sending aid to the Confederates, for fear of looking pro-slavery.


What was an impact of the Emancipation Proclamation?

Making it impossible for the British to send military aid to the Confederates - it would have made them look pro-slavery.


Why was President Lincoln cautious about making emancipation a goal of the war?

It wasn't his goal at the outset. Then during Lee's big advance down the Peninsula, he was advised that an Emancipation Proclamation would shame the British and French out of helping the South. But he could not issue this after a string of Confederate victories, or it would look like a desperate measure. He had to wait for a Union victory, which eventually arrived in September 1862. That was when he issued the Proclamation.


Why did Abraham Lincoln delay issuing the emancipation proclamation?

President Lincoln likely wrote the Emancipation Proclamation in late June of 1862, as he introduced a draft copy of it to his cabinet in early July, 1862. He wanted a response from his cabinet about the best way to issue the Proclamation. President Lincoln and his cabinet felt that issuing the Proclamation after a Union victory, it would have more of an affect on the Confederacy. This is why he waited to issue the Emancipation Proclamation after the Confederate retreat at the Battle of Antietam, which provided the Union "victory" needed for the affect President Lincoln wanted to make, on the Confederacy. When he first wanted to issue it, in Summer '62 (when the British looked like giving aid to the Confederates), Robert E. Lee was winning a string of victories against the Union in Virginia, and it would have looked like a desperate measure. He had to wait for a Northern victory before he could make it with any conviction. This victory unexpectedly came in September, at Antietam (Sharpsburg), after which the British, who had abolished slavery thirty years earlier, could not intervene without looking pro-slavery.


How did people feel about the Emancipation Proclamation?

During the Civil War, when President Lincoln made his Emancipation Proclamation, reactions varied greatly. Critics and enemies in the South scorned the move and even ridiculed it, although most of the slaves (quietly) celebrated it. Some Northerners disagreed with it out of fear that it would lengthen the war unnecessarily. Most Northerners, however, rejoiced with the hope that, at last, freedom was going to become reality for all Americans.BTW, the Emancipation Proclamation explicitly freed no slaves at all in the few slave states still loyal to the Union (to prevent having them rebel too). It only proclaimed the slaves free in those states then in rebellion against the Union (where the Union had absolutely no power to enforce it). So the Emancipation Proclamation actually freed no slaves at all anywhere. The primary purpose of the Emancipation Proclamation was not to free slaves at all or even for US consumption, but as an instrument of international propaganda (particularly on the British who had banned slavery throughout the British Empire several years before, to cease support for the Confederacy and support only the Union) and it worked in that purpose.


What did the emancipation proclamation provide in the war?

Abraham Lincoln made the Emancipation Proclamation in order to stop the British from joining the South's war efforts. Great Britain didn't want to fight for anyone who was fighting for the Right to Have Slaves. This therfore stopped them from intervening and possibling changing the outcome of the Civil War. God Bless Abe Lincoln


What turned the war into a moral issue?

Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation - chiefly aimed at preventing the British from aiding the Confederates. (It would have made them look pro-slavery themselves.)


What was a crucial Civil War battle?

The Battle of Antietam was an important Civil War battle. Even though it was tactically inconclusive, it was enough of a victory to give President Abraham Lincoln the confidence to announce the Emancipation Proclamation, which discouraged the British and French governments from recognizing the Confederacy.


Who did the South look to for aid during the Civil War?

The British, or more generally any foreign aid from countries which imported Southern cotton. Southern hope for support from the British ended when President Lincoln introduced the Emancipation Proclamation, since aiding the pro-slavery South would make the British look like hypocrites. (They had banned slavery earlier in the Century)


What new advantage did the north acquire during the course of the war?

After the Emancipation Proclamation, the British and French could no longer support the Confederates without looking pro-slavery themselves.


How did the emancipation proclamation alter the british position on the US Civil War?

They had to give up their plans to help the Confederates, because it would have made them look pro-slavery themselves.


Was the emancipation proclamation enforcible?

No, Lincoln knew that there would be no way to enforce it because he had no control over the southern states. He made the emancipation proclamation to make the civil war about slavery so that England would not interfere and help the Confederacy. The British might have stepped in to support the confederacy gain independence, but when the war became about slavery, they had no interest in the issue of helping slaves.


What effect did the emancipation proclamation have on the union army?

It gave them a licence to liberate any slaves they found, and these became useful semi-slave labour for the armies. The proclamation also had the effect of preventing the British from helping the Confederates, so the Union troops felt at an advantage.


When did British Parliament abolished slavery?

1833 - throughout Britain and all its overseas colonies. This made it ethically impossible for the British to support the Confederates, after Lincoln had turned the Civil War officially into a crusade against slavery with his Emancipation Proclamation.


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