Emancipation Proclamation

On this day in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issues presidential order number 95. It was his preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, setting a date of January 1, 1863 for the freedom of more than 3 million slaves.

“Now, therefore I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, by virtue of the power in me vested as Commander-in-Chief, of the Army and Navy of the United States in time of actual armed rebellion against the authority and government of the United States… I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated States, and parts of States, are, and henceforward shall be free; and that the Executive government of the United States, including the military and naval authorities thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of said persons.”

The Proclamation references a date, September 22, 1862 once and January 1, 1863 three times. In each instance, the year is stated as: “in the year of our Lord.”

Finally, formalities aside, Lincoln closes the document with this powerful statement:
“And upon this act, sincerely believed to be an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution, upon military necessity, I invoke the considerate judgment of mankind, and the gracious favor of Almighty God.”

That right there is quintessential Our Lost Founding.

Emancipation Proclamation Abraham Lincoln

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  1. L. Pugh
    L. Pugh says:

    Abraham Lincoln was surely one of the most compassionate, empathetic, sound President’s the United States has ever been blessed to have. He left us so very much behind for us, even after his passing on.
    I pray one day to meet him, after God decides to take me Home.
    We are living only in a temporary home, earth, that God Almighty made for us. Including our creation to live with Free Will. We each, are given the Freedom, the gift of Free Choice.
    The means to live our best lives.
    As individuals, we choose each day we wake,
    A road to go on, either loving and compassionate for others, or, living our lives just to acquire material objects that matter not, letting Greed control control us.
    Which are you taking?

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