This Day in Black History: Jan. 1, 1863

This Day in Black History: Jan. 1, 1863

On Jan. 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation.

Published January 1, 2012

On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued his historic executive order — the Emancipation Proclamation — freeing all slaves in the Confederate States. Full emancipation throughout the U.S. would only come after the Civil War ended in 1865, with the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution.

 

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Written by Jamie Katz

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