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Emancipation Proclamation


The Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago today on January 1, 1863.  The Proclamation called for the abolition of slavery. For Union soldiers, this expanded the goal of the Civil War from preserving the Union to freeing the slaves, something that was not part of their original commitment. For the Confederate soldiers, this infringed on their right to own private property and would undermine the basis of the Southern economic engine. In Orrin's Story:  Patriotism and Love of Country. The Union Now and Forever, Orrin recorded opinions on the Proclamation from both Union and Confederate soldiers and reflected on the institution of slavery as his views changed during the course of the war.

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