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Tue 2013-Jan-1 @ MYT 11:54:57 am
The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. We must disenthrall our selves, and then we shall save our country.
— Abraham Lincoln


ONE hundred and fifty years ago, on Jan. 1, 1863, Abraham Lincoln presided over the annual White House New Year’s reception. Late that afternoon, he retired to his study to sign the Emancipation Proclamation. When he took up his pen, his hand was shaking from exhaustion. Briefly, he paused — “I do not want it to appear as if I hesitated,” he remarked. Then Lincoln affixed a firm signature to the document.

Like all great historical transformations, emancipation was a process, not a single event. It arose from many causes and was the work of many individuals …. It did not end until December 1865, with the ratification of the 13th Amendment, which irrevocably abolished slavery throughout [the United States].
» The Emancipation of Abraham Lincoln

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  1. Shadaan permalink
    Fri 2013-Jan-4 @ MYT 02:18:29 am 02:18

    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.

    It depends on how you define slavery. Slavery as forced employment, meaning you could not change jobs, ended with the civil war. The emancipation proclamation ended slavery in the states that Lincoln had no authority in ( those trying to secede). It really ended with the end of the civil war and the constitutional amendments that followed.
    However, labor laws in the US follow English Common Law, which pretty much sounds like slavery with the exception of the “Employment at Will” part.
    Basically you and the boss are under the same laws governing slaves and or servents. But you can quit and they can fire you. You can do neither when slavery is involved.

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