What did the the emancipation proclamation do?
It was suppose to free the slaves but it was nearly two years later before most slaves new they were free.
Nobody was "at" Emancipation Proclamation. The Emancipation Proclamation, was a set of 2 executive orders, written and issued by President Lincoln. President Lincoln thought emancipation was justified as a military necessity to preserve the Union. "If the Proclamation of Emancipation was essentially a war measure, it had the desired effect of depriving the Confederacy of much of its valuable laboring force.