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Emancipation Proclamation - Implementation, Background, International impact, Postbellum

issued slaves

(1 Jan 1863) A document issued by President Lincoln during the American Civil War, declaring the freedom of all slaves in areas then in arms against the US government; it did not free slaves in areas not in rebellion. He had issued a preliminary proclamation on 22 September 1862.

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