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This Day in Georgia History

January 01, 1863

Emancipation Proclamation

1863 Abraham Lincoln issued the final version of the Emancipation Proclamation. In Sept. 1862, he had issued a preliminary version announcing that on Jan. 1, 1863, he would issue a declaration as to which states were in rebellion against the United States. At that time, slaves in those states – and only those states – would be freed. In Lincoln’s Jan. 1 proclamation, he announced that all eleven southern states that had joined the Confederacy were in rebellion – though designated areas of Louisiana and Virginia were exempted from emancipation.

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Source: Library of Congress