The Real Reason For Emancipation
By: Tiffany Henry
As a child in school, teachers taught that
It was not a law passed by Congress but rather a presidential order signed by Lincoln the "Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy" under Article II, section 2 of the United States Constitution. The facts are that it affected only those slaves that had already escaped to the Union side. As the Union armies marched into the South, in the territory they were able to control amd brimg under Union dominion, slaves received their freedom. Thousands of slaves joined the Northern Army because they know that with a northern victory came freedom. Hundreds of thousands were freed each day until an estimated at 4 million were free, by the summer of 1865. Slavery continued to exist in the border states until the entire institution was finally wiped out by the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment on December 6, 1865.
If you look at the facts with a bit more care the truth
is that the proclamation freed no one since it specifically exempted all the
areas that at the time were occupied by federal armies. Hundreds of books
The facts are unmistakenly clear, President Lincoln began to think
about giving freedom to slaves three years into the War when it was evident
that the North was about to loose. The
War that the North believe would end in a couple of
days at most a week or so streched out to weeks, months and years. According to a recent article in the
The facts, although often hiden in the foot notes of history text, clearly reveal that, had it not been for African-American slaves, tens of thousands of them, who took up arms and supported the Northern Army, the North would not have won the Civil War. You can glorify Grant, Sherman and a slew of other Civil War Generals and Heroes of the Union Army, but at the end of the day slavery was abolished, not by these venerated White male protagonist but rather by African American slaves who would no longer live with the iron shakels of slavery wrapped around them.
It may be difficult to eradicate the many myths that have mushroomed around Abraham Linclon and his venerated spot in the pantheon of American Presidents, but before we elevate him to saint hood lets get the facts straight.