One of the most significant decisions ever made by an American president was made by President Abraham Lincoln.
It was made public in September of 1862 and it came as a shock to North and South alike.
The decision was to issue a proclamation of Emancipation effecting slavery in states that refused to join the union by January 1st, 1863.
What forces brought that decision about since the president had consistently proclaimed since even before he was elected that slavery would remain untouched, even in the event of war, in the states where it existed.
What events and what kinds of questions were raised within the Lincoln administration or in congress to bring about the proclamation of emancipation? What were the ramifications of that proclamation once it was issued? Was the proclamation primarily political or moral or both?
As in part one of this presentation, the nature and result of President Lincoln's decisions, rather than the progress of the Civil War, is the emphasis. The war itself is only the background rather than the theme of the presentation.
Come join the presentation on Tuesday March 22nd and help turn that presentation into a challenging discussion once the presentation has concluded. Thus, we can be students together and learn from one another!
Presenter: Edwin Cooney