Forever Free…

 

"if I am to be remembered in history at all, it will probably be in connection with this piece of paper”.

“if I am to be remembered in history at all, it will probably be in connection with this piece of paper”.

“That on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free;”

Rarely do Executive Orders have such a profound impact… the Emancipation Proclamation changed the course of the Civil War and all but guaranteed a triumph for the Union- the reactions were sharply divided…

Jefferson Davis left little doubt about the foundation of his country…

All about slavery

All about slavery

“..the federal government attempts to incite servile insurrection and light the fires of incendiarism… Our own detestation of those who have attempted the most execrable measure recorded in the history of guilty man…our fellowmen of all countries to pass judgement on a measure by which several millions of human beings of an inferior race, peaceful and contented laborers in their sphere, are doomed to extermination..”

 

Giuseppe Garibaldi, Italian soldier and diplomat… offered the international perspective;

European envy...

European envy…

“Posterity will call you the great emancipator, a more enviable title than any crown could be, and greater than any merely mundane treasure…It is America, the same country which taught liberty to our forefathers, which now opens another solemn epoch of human progress. And while your tremendous courage astonishes the world, we are sadly reminded how this old Europe, which also can boast a great cause of liberty to fight for, has not found the mind or heart to equal you.” 

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