Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Exploring the Emancipation Proclamation

This article explores the emancipation proclamation, which got a lot of interest in the last movement. It goes into the proclamation in a line by line fashion:
Here, below, is a close textual analysis of the Emancipation Proclamation, based on a conversation with Holzer and information conveyed in his book, published earlier this year. The historic document, held at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., has faded considerably over time (making it somewhat difficult to read). It is rarely exhibited for the public, due to the risk of further light damage. However, the proclamation will be on display from December 30, 2012, to January 1, 2013, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of its signing.

Here is an example, on his “safety measure” about black freemen:
When the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation was issued in September, anti-emancipation newspaper editors criticized Lincoln for issuing a radical document that would incite race riots, says Holzer. So, to be prudent, Lincoln included this paragraph, saying (somewhat patronizingly, according to Holzer) that the newly freed should "abstain from all violence, unless in necessary self-defence." He also encourages the freed to join the national workforce and "labor faithfully for reasonable wages," which notably strays from his previously expressed desires to colonize former slaves in Africa or Central America.

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