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Nick Vandemark Mr. Kernaghan AP US History 14 January 2014 Emancipation Proclamation Rebuttal The Emancipation Proclamation was a necessary and long overdue document that didn’t necessarily solve the slavery issue in America, but paved the path to righteousness concerning the ideals of the abolishment of slavery. Although many prerequisites were necessary to allow the Emancipation Proclamation to impact America in the way it did (dispute and conflict between the two races and regions of the country), President Lincoln executed the document well and it had a powerful effect on the country as a whole. As a touchy subject that caused all-out civil war across the country, slavery could not be expected to have been swiftly abolished entirely by the end of the day, January 1st, 1863. Knowing this, President Lincoln acted on the South. After showing assertion against the Confederacy with the victory at the Battle of Antietam, the President abolished slavery in the South with the Emancipation Proclamation. By leaving the Border States to choose their slavery status (pro-slave), he leaves the subject still vulnerable while pleasing those important territories to prevent another possible uprising of those that are pro-slavery. Eventually, the idea of anti-slavery is overwhelming enough to the minority (only four states at this point) that that this becomes the ideal and is now justified by the majority of the nation (and in a democracy, that’s almost everything you need; the minority at this point is willing to accept the fact of the abolishment for the most part). In conclusion, the Emancipation Proclamation was an important step in an immensely crucial milestone in American history. It not only gradually demoted slavery’s position in the hierarchy of needs for Americans, it encouraged the nation as a whole to see the error of their ways and begin the process of

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