Sunday, January 1, 2023
Abraham Lincoln’s “Emancipation Proclamation” issued in September 1862 became law in January 1863. The Proclamation, however, freed slaves only in the Confederate states because Lincoln was antagonized by Southern states that had remained loyal to the Union. Lincoln was morally opposed to slavery but questioned the constitutionality of abolishing it outright. He eventually came around, and helped pave the way to the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery from the United States.