150 Years Since the Emancipation Proclamation
Finish the Civil War!
Date Written: 2013-04-05
Publisher: Workers Vanguard, USA
Year Published: 2013
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX16547
The Emancipation Proclamation was a pledge, a promise. It only freed slaves in areas that were not yet controlled by Union armies, true enough. But in that sense it was like the Declaration of Independence in 1776, which didn’t make any of the colonies free—it took a victorious war to free the colonies from British rule. The Emancipation Proclamation bound the defense of the Union to the destruction of slavery.