A Civil War ABC Booklet By: Alyssa Denney
The Emancipation Proclamation was an order issued by Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863. This executive order freed the slaves in the states of the Confederacy, and made abolition a central fighting point of the Civil War. Contrary to popular belief, the Emancipation Proclamation did not outlaw slavery. In fact, it just legally freed slaves in the states that were in rebellion. It didn’t free any slaves in the border states, because Lincoln did not want to upset states that were in alliance with the Union. The Emancipation Proclamation also did not make the freed slaves into citizens, and slavery was still considered legal until the Thirteenth Amendment was passed on December 6, 1865.