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 Posted: Tue Jul 11th, 2006 03:32 pm
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It was not my intention to “sugarcoat” the results of the release of the Emancipation Proclamation, nor is there any need to. It is a persistent myth that the proclamation did not free any slaves, that they were not freed until the passing of the 13th amendment. On the 1st of January 1863, the day the proclamation went into effect, whatever runaway slaves reached the safety of Union lines, they were free. They did not need the 13th amendment, they were already free. On January 2nd more runaway slaves reached the Union lines and they too were free. Every day till the end of the war this was repeated until there were literally thousands upon thousands who had made the journey to some Union garrison or outpost. When troop movements brought larger tracts of land back under Federal control, all of the slaves within that area were free. So I do not believe that my saying the proclamation paved the way for the freedom of millions is sugar coating anything.


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