Alyssa Babineaux-HIST 2020-Journal #1-February 16, 2011
Tindall, George Brown, and David Emory Shi. “From, The Emancipation Proclamation.” W.W. Norton & Company: Studyspace. www.wwnorton.com\studyspace (accessed, January 31, 2011).
The Emancipation Proclamation was issued by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln on September 22, 1862, and January 1, 1863. The declaration highlighted freedom of all slaves within any state that did not submit to Union. It also included clauses that addressed rebellion and its elimination. This was done by announcing that if any person incited rebellion against authority of the states would be imprisoned for ten years and have to pay a fine of ten thousand dollars. However, if the person liberated his slaves, the court would consider 'pardon' and erasure of both punishments.
By the time President Abraham Lincoln issued his final Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, he had been considering the idea of freeing the slaves for some time. Lincoln had believed that slavery was wrong when he was elected president in 1860. He felt that blacks, also called “negros”, were entitled to the same legal rights as white people for example work, the right to vote etc. Lincoln said, “I hereby enjoin upon the people so declared to be free to abstain from all violence, unless in necessary self-defense; and I recommend to them that, in all cases when allowed, they labor faithfully for reasonable wages.” This is when the thirteenth amendment came into effect:
“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
Overall, I think the main purpose to free all the slaves and make both blacks and whites equal. Lincoln wanted all of us to become a Nation as one and everyone become equal, not Democrats versus Republicans or whites versus blacks, or slave owners vs. slaves. If I were alive in...