The Emancipation Proclamation helped a great deal towards the end of slaver, but it didn’t actually free any slaves while it was released. Lincoln felt that the Emancipation Proclamation would bring the union to a more peaceful point so that north and south could compromise and work out their differences, and become a strong nation.
The Emancipation Proclamation did not actually free a single slave because it affected only areas under Confederate control. It excluded slaves in the Border States and in such Southern areas under Union control as Tennessee and parts of Louisiana and Virginia. But it did however lead to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. This amendment, which became law on December 18, 1865, ended slavery in all parts of the United States. As the abolonists had predicted, the Emancipation Proclamation strengthened the North's war efforts and weakened the South's. By the end of the war, more than 500,000 slaves had fled to freedom behind Northern lines. Many of them joined the Union Army or Navy or worked for the armed forces as laborers. By allowing blacks to serve in the Army and Navy, the Emancipation Proclamation helped solve the North's problem of declining enlistments. About 200,000 black soldiers and sailors, many of them former slaves, served in the armed forces.
Although Lincoln said that the Emancipation Proclamation would free all slaves in rebelling states he was not in the power to do this because he was part of the union and the southern states wouldn’t abide. Also the Proclamation was not a law so people did not have to take it as something serious. The Emancipation did take a large step towards ending slavery and its showed us why the division between the north and south is present.