As Black History Month wraps up it is great to recap pivotal moments in black history. It’s hard to ignore the immediate impact of the Emancipation Proclamation . Signed into law by President Lincoln, the freeing of slaves would forever affect the course of America. Most people are aware of the basic facts surrounding the event but here’s 5 new facts for 2019.
1. The Emancipation Proclamation was issued twice. The first one stipulated the south surrendering the war and the second signed the freedom of slaves into law.
2. The Emancipation Proclamation helped to secure that there would be no foreign involvement in the war. Britain and other European nations considered supporting the confederates but when the war shifted to a war about slavery, they stayed out of it because they were against slavery.
3. The Emancipation Proclamation allowed African Americans to participate in the military legally. Soon after the war the law was passed that allowed them to take part in the military.
4. The Emancipation Proclamation was a demonstration of executive power by the president. Initially congress was against the freedom of slavery.
The Emancipation Proclamation was only for the states in the rebellion. His intention was to cripple the rebellion.