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Posted on 02/18/2005 3:45:14 PM PST by Libloather
Emancipation Proclamation Goes on View
New York Lawyer
February 18, 2005
By Carl Hartman
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON -- President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation declaring the end to slavery goes on public view Friday as part of Black History Month celebrations.
The document will be on display at the National Archives, where visitors regularly see the original Constitution and Declaration of Independence.
The poor quality of the paper and ink on the final draft of the Emancipation Proclamation make it vulnerable to light, so it has been only occasionally brought out of storage. It was last seen on Jan. 19, 2004, the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.
The proclamation, issued in the midst of the Civil War on Jan. 1, 1863, said:
"I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated States and parts of States are, and henceforward shall be, free; and that the Executive Government of the United States, including the military and naval authorities thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of said persons."
The proclamation, issued in the midst of the Civil War, applied only to areas under the control of the rebel Confederate States of America. So it had no practical effect on any individual. Slave states which had not joined the confederacy, and areas of others occupied by the Northern forces, were exempted.
But it served the military purpose of making trouble for the South. It asked blacks to refrain from violence but encouraged them to seek the protection of Northern armies. It eroded support of the South by European governments avid for southern cotton.
The proclamation was followed by state and federal action over the next two years until the 13th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified after the collapse of the confederacy and Lincoln's assassination, ending two centuries of bondage in North America.
Well excuse me for assuming you were doing comedy. Now I see that you were just trolling.
You will see that "Seeking Truth" is one of them. And indeed, it can often hurt when you dish it out; e.g. Truth in any form.
As much as I like this forum, it's a struggle sometimes here on FR to get people to put down their battle flags and join both Established Historical Facts, and the 21st Century. It is at times almost as tiring as debating the dimwits at DU or International A.N.S.W.E.R.