Reasons and Timing for the Emancipation Proclamation
On January 1st, 1863, in the middle of the Civil War, President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. The proclamation legally abolished slavery in all states that remained out of the Union …. However it left the institution of slavery intact in Union-controlled border states like Maryland and Missouri and also allowing it to continue in Union-occupied areas of Tennessee, Virginia, and Louisiana) …
Why did President Lincoln allow those areas noted above that were out of the Union at that time to maintain the practice of owning slaves?
Viewed today with great importance as it relates to its historical context, how significant was this proclamation of freedom at the time to the slaves and to the Northern white soldiers who were fighting in support of the president that proclaimed it? …. Be sure to explain the relevant importance to each.