The Emancipation Proclamation was written by Abraham Lincoln to
put a stop to the war. It was issued in our nationâ€™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, â€ś
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 thatâ€¦.â€ť 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 Lincolnâ€™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...