What is the Emacipation Proclamation?
The Union war efforts in Virginia were increasingly failing, and the removal of the Union General George B. McClellan was being discussed. Lincoln was getting grave pressure from radicals to increase Union war efforts thus the Emancipation Proclamation was born. Not only did it free the slaves in the "rebellious states," but also increased military strength and action. However, it did not include those states that were of the South yet under Union control and those states who were border states. Foriegn influence of the document went both ways. Some countries such as Italy supported Lincoln, but others like Russia and Spain were doubtful. England and France's opinion mainly focused on the issue of cotton from the South. Nevertheless, Lincoln's speech at the battlegrounds of Antietam proved to be a stepping stone for the abolishing of slavery in America.
The Emancipation Proclamation was issued in Washington, DC, by President Lincoln, and freed those slaves held in territory then in rebellion against the government of the United States of America. As a result, it did not free anyone until Confederate lands were conquered after the Proclamation was signed. Those slaves held in lands already under the control of Union forces were not affected by the Proclamation.
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
The Emancipation Proclamation abolished slavery in the states that were not under Union control. Although not many slaves were actually freed, it did give black men the freedom to joinand be accepted into the armed forces. The major message that came from the speech was that the civil war was being fought for freedom.
Originally cause of the civil war was not over the issue of slavery as most people believe, the original cause was to preserve the Union. But England who at that time still relied heavily on the South to provide the cotton for their textile industry was teetering on the brink of aiding the South. So after the Battle of Antietam Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation which stated that the war was to eliminate slavery…