150 Years Ago Enslaved Africans Were Set Free By Abraham Lincoln (Emancipation Proclamation)

emancipation-proclaimaition-finalSo 150 years ago today President Abraham Lincoln ‘freed the slaves‘ or so the narrative goes.. The Emancipation Proclamation was signed, but how many of us really knows what that all meant? In addition how is 150 years later we have more folks in prison than we did on those plantations?

Even if we aren’t in jails, many of us are dealing head on with economic enslavement..I’m with the late Gil Scott Heron who famously said ‘The Revolution will not be Televised’.. He went on to explain, it won’t be televised because the revolution we need has to take place in our minds..Have we freed ourselves in the question on the first day of 2013?

Here’s a some info on the Emancipation Proclamation

President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, as the nation approached its third year of bloody civil war. The proclamation declared “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebellious states “are, and henceforward shall be free.”

Despite this expansive wording, the Emancipation Proclamation was limited in many ways. It applied only to states that had seceded from the Union, leaving slavery untouched in the loyal border states. It also expressly exempted parts of the Confederacy that had already come under Northern control. Most important, the freedom it promised depended upon Union military victory.

Although the Emancipation Proclamation did not end slavery in the nation, it captured the hearts and imagination of millions of Americans and fundamentally transformed the character of the war. After January 1, 1863, every advance of federal troops expanded the domain of freedom. Moreover, the Proclamation announced the acceptance of black men into the Union Army and Navy, enabling the liberated to become liberators. By the end of the war, almost 200,000 black soldiers and sailors had fought for the Union and freedom.

From the first days of the Civil War, slaves had acted to secure their own liberty. The Emancipation Proclamation confirmed their insistence that the war for the Union must become a war for freedom. It added moral force to the Union cause and strengthened the Union both militarily and politically. As a milestone along the road to slavery’s final destruction, the Emancipation Proclamation has assumed a place among the great documents of human freedom.

if This man freed us why are so many of us still locked up?

If this man freed us why are so many of us still locked up?

The original of the Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863, is in the National Archives in Washington, DC. With the text covering five pages the document was originally tied with narrow red and blue ribbons, which were attached to the signature page by a wafered impression of the seal of the United States. Most of the ribbon remains; parts of the seal are still decipherable, but other parts have worn off.

The document was bound with other proclamations in a large volume preserved for many years by the Department of State. When it was prepared for binding, it was reinforced with strips along the center folds and then mounted on a still larger sheet of heavy paper. Written in red ink on the upper right-hand corner of this large sheet is the number of the Proclamation, 95, given to it by the Department of State long after it was signed. With other records, the volume containing the Emancipation Proclamation was transferred in 1936 from the Department of State to the National Archives of the United States.



9 comments on “150 Years Ago Enslaved Africans Were Set Free By Abraham Lincoln (Emancipation Proclamation)

  1. This is an insane joke on a vast % of black people. Black’s were basically freed to be misled, and to make bad choices. This is really the end result of all this so-called freedom. If black’s are free how come a vast % continue to operate from some type of slave type mental,physical,social,political economic and spiritural paradigm. The negative issues and the self destructive behavior of all black people regardless of so-called class status can be traced back this issue.
    To show you how bad it is either they putting us further to sleep mentally by using and MLK Jr. monument in D.C. or promoting this idea that Lincoln really freed black people. How come the 3/5th clause was never taken of the constitution ?
    This is being use to justify and lock all the black people currently doing updated slave plantation prison time.
    This is just one main reason why I would never go see some new plantation movie of today.

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  3. I find it truly astounding that Black leaders nefariously lead their people through continued spewing of revisionist history. Read the original transcripts of the Lincoln/Douglas debates and you will see that Lincoln NEVER WANTED EQUALITY for Blacks in America. In fact if he had lived most would have been sent back to Africa.

  4. This whole scene is a big sell-out.These so-called black leaders overall have been trying to maintain some type of job.
    Instead of pimping this tired old slave freed by Lincoln non-sense.
    How about creating some jobs and factories on a large scale so black people can stop killing and robbing each other and being sent to these updated slave prison plantations.

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