President Lincoln’s Defense of the Emancipation Proclamation

534px-Abraham_Lincoln_seated,_Feb_9,_1864After Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, he was forced to defend his action. In Lincoln’s Fourth Annual Message to Congress, December 6, 1864 he stated the following: “I repeat the declaration made a year ago, that ‘while I remain in my present position I shall not attempt to retract or modify the emancipation proclamation, nor shall I return to slavery any person who is free by the terms of that proclamation, or by any of the Acts of Congress.’ If the people should, by whatever mode or means, make it an Executive duty to re-en slave such persons, another, and not I, must be their instrument to perform it. (See Pic of Lincoln in 1864)

Tomorrow, Recruiting Blacks for Enlistment during the Civil War    Rita Bay

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