On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared “that all persons held as slaves, are, and henceforward shall be free” in the second, and official signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Three years into the civil war and over 200 years since the first slaves were brought to America, they were finally free. It was one of the most significant moments in our country’s history.
The Abraham Lincoln poster hanging on my wall quotes the infamous president, “The fate of human dignity is in my hands.” During this time in history, it truly was in his hands. Lincoln used the platform and power he had to help restore faith back in humanity.
Despite all the arguments surrounding the true intent of the document, the signing nevertheless represents the moment when all citizens held as slaves were freed. Though slavery ended, discrimination would continue and soon morph into segregation and Jim Crow laws, nevertheless, the impact the document had sparked revolutions for generations. Hundreds of thousands of people were free from the chains of slavery.
Julie Joplin Magazine will continue to celebrate moments in our history that have had an everlasting positive impact on every member of society. We believe “all humans were created equal” and should be treated as such. Happy Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.
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