Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The EP Part 1

On this date in 1862, President Lincoln issued part 1 of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Part 1 specified that on January 1, 1863 all slaves in any state of the then Confederate States of America, that did not return to the Union by January 1, 1863 would be declared free.

As a point of law, Lincoln gave away what was not his to give. As a point of honor, it was the first public declaration by the president that eliminating slavery was a Union goal in the war between the states.

Part 2 of the proclamation, where words became deeds, took effect on January 1, 1863, and it feels like the battle continues.



SouthernProletariat said...

The co-worker that I offically "support" was part of the second (integrated) class at UMiss. Quite the stories. It does continue on, indeed.

North of 25A said...

I have been thinking alot about duality these days; isn't it odd/sad to think how far we have come and how far we have to go?