The Back Story of Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation

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July 4, 2012 by Kyle

The Emancipation Proclamation

The Emancipation Proclamation

So often we hear the narrative about Lincoln; the great emancipator and friend of the blacks. According to Harold Holzer there is more to his signing of the Emancipation Proclamation than what has been conventionally understood. I just listened to a great interview with Holzer, a prominent Lincoln historian.  Here is one quote from the interview,

He [Lincoln] wanted  this message out,” Holzer explains. “What’s important to keep in mind is that he had written the Emancipation Proclamation. It was languishing in a drawer or burning a hole in his pocket. He knew he was going to do this, but he wanted Northern Americans who were dubious about marching toward racial equality to be assured that he was not doing this for the black race. He was doing this for the Union, to reunite the country, to defeat the rebellion, and he had no concern about blacks, their feelings, their resonance. He does have his finger in the wind.

Listen to the interview below:

Emancipating Lincoln: A Pragmatic Proclamation

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