Mighty pen

Today in 1862, Abraham Lincoln made one of the most important presidential proclamations of American history. By executive proclamation, he freed the slaves in the rebelling states. History would know this strike of the pen as the Emancipation Proclamation. Because this was a presidential order and not a law yet passed by Congress, Lincoln had to lobby for an antislavery amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Three years after his proclamation, the 13th Amendment was passed in 1865 and slavery was eliminated throughout America.

But…it was not as cut and dried as history books would have us believe. As with any major social change it came with shades of opposition and support.

This proclamation freed the slaves in the rebelling states only. The US had border states dividing southern sentiments from the north and in these states were slaveholders loyal to the Union. Because of this proverbial sticky wicket, Lincoln’s cabinet urged that he not  announce his proclamation until after a Union victory. Early on, Union victories were few. That reversal of fortune came at the Battle of Antietam on September 17 that same year. The following January in1863, Lincoln issued his final Emancipation Proclamation, declaring “…all persons held as slaves are, and henceforward shall be free.”

Here’s a little-known tidbit~
Because Lincoln was considered a favorite son of Illinois, a lot of his papers are there. The original draft of his proclamation was destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. I’ll blog that bit of history in October.  🙂

The handwritten draft (photographed copy)

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~Abraham Lincoln



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Rose Anderson is an award-winning author and dilettante who loves great conversation and delights in discovering interesting things to weave into stories. Rose also writes under the pen name Madeline Archer.
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2 Responses to Mighty pen

  1. treknray says:

    Sunday on C-Span there was a lecture about how Lincoln worked Congress, especially his own party to get the 13th Amendment passed. When he was running for Congress he worked in the party document room, He filled out and signed hundreds of letters going to party members.

    He knew how to work the system. When he worked Congress for the 13th Amendment he used his old tactics of being a party organizer. At the end of his talk the speaker called him Boss Lincoln as is common for party bosses.Had I known this blog was coming I would have paid closer attention to exactly what was said.

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