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emancipation proclamation

The Emancipation Proclamation was written by Abraham Lincoln to put a stop to the war. It was issued in our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. on Sept 22,1862, and put into effect on Jan 1, 1863. When Lincoln was writing the emancipation proclamation he said, “ my main struggle is to save the union and is not either to save or destroy slavery. If I could save the union without freeing any slave I would do it. And if I could save it by freeing all slaves I would do it. And if I could save it by saving some and leaving the others I would also do that….” Lincoln said that because he wanted to save the union without picking sides. The Emancipation Proclamation involved the President, congress for approving the document, and the American people. Some causes of the Emancipation Proclamation were Lincoln’s personal beliefs on the issues of slavery. He believed it was morally wrong for any person to own another person as property. He also issued the proclamation as a way to win greater support of the northern states. He issued it as a way to bring an end to the Civil War that was ripping the nation and also to free up former slaves to join the enlisted forces in the north. Finally, . he issued it when he did because the north had just fought and won the battle of Antietam. The battle of Antietam occurred in Sept. 1862. The commander of the confederate army General Robert E. Lee decided to invade the north. He had confidence he would win because of his previous victories in earlier years of the war. Lee moved his 50 thousand- man army from Manassas on September 3 and marched into Maryland. Meanwhile a union force of 70 thousand under the command of General McClellan moved from Washington to meet Lee. On September 17 the two armies met along the Antietam creek and battled all day long. There were 23000 casualties that day but the north still won so Lincoln issued i...

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