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The Civil War

Emancipation Proclamation

The Civil War<BR>(1861-1865)
The Civil War

Emancipation Proclamation
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.21

     challenging words:    equality, reelection, wartime, banned, proclamation, enlist, finding, slavery, beginning, immediately, refused, military, deadline, rejoined, victory, thoughts
     content words:    President Abraham Lincoln, Border States, On September, In January

Emancipation Proclamation
By Cathy Pearl

1     From the very beginning of the war, President Abraham Lincoln was pushed to free the slaves. At first, he refused. He did not want to anger people in Border States and push those states into seceding. He also insisted that the war was being fought to save the Union, not to free the slaves.
2     Lincoln started to talk about the proclamation with his Cabinet early in the war. It was July of 1862. All of them had different thoughts about it. Some wanted Lincoln to issue it right away. Others worried that Lincoln would lose the next election because of it.
3     Freeing the slaves could help the North. Many blacks wanted to fight in the army. By freeing the slaves, they could then enlist. This would give the North more men to fight in the war.
4     Lincoln felt that the North needed to win a large victory before he freed the slaves. This victory came at the Battle of Antietam. On September 22, 1862, Lincoln issued the proclamation. It was five days after the battle. Lincoln gave a deadline to the Southern states. If a state rejoined the Union by January 1, the state could keep slavery in place temporarily. If the state refused, all slaves would be freed.

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