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January 1, 1863
Emancipation Proclamation or Proclamation 95, was an edict issued by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln on September 22, 1862, during the Civil War. With the purpose to freed the slaves of the Confederate states in rebellion against the Union.
The Emancipation Proclamation did not end slavery in the nation, it had little actual effect on freeing any of the nation’s enslaved people, and in result, it fundamentally transformed the character of the war. Also, it accepted of black men into the Union Army and Navy, and by the end of the war, almost 200,000 black soldiers had fought for the Union and freedom.