Slavery, When Did It Really End?

We have heard the range of ideas as to when Slavery really ended. Some say it ended with the Emancipation Proclamation, some say in 1860, some say in 1863, but few say in 1865, after Abraham Lincoln died.  To many, this will come as a surprise, since many believe, and wrongly so, that Slavery ended with the Emancipation Proclamation.  To those who have the very wrong idea that Lincoln freed the slaves with the Emancipation Proclamation, allow us to show you why this is extremely wrong and no documentation can be shown that proves it to be right.  Now that we have your attention, let us show you why the Emancipation Proclamation did not free a single slave and was used just for Military purposes, having no basis in either law or the Constitution.

The Emancipation Proclamation was written on January 1, 1863.  This is when, according to many people with the wrong idea, that slaves were freed.  That is perhaps the largest Myth ever to be allowed to grow without many knowing the truth behind the facts. To begin, the Southern States on that date had their own Constitution, which some in the North said was better than the original Constitution, but it shows the South had its own government at that date and the North had no rule of law over them.

The Emancipation Proclamation had no effect at all on the slaves held in the North and certain areas where the North held parts of the South.

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Whereas on the 22 day of September, a.d. 1862, a proclamation was issued by the President of the United States, containing, among other things, the following, to wit:

“That on the 1st day of January, a.d., 1863, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; and the executive government of the United States, including the military and naval authority thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons and will do not act or acts to repress such persons, or any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual freedom.

“That the executive will on the 1st day of January aforesaid, by proclamation, designate the States and parts of States, if any, in which the people thereof, respectively, shall then be in rebellion against the United States, and the fact that any State or the people thereof shall on that day be in good faith represented in the Congress of the United States by members chosen thereto at elections wherein the majority of the qualified voters of such States shall have participated shall, in the absence of strong countervailing testimony, be deemed conclusive evidence that such State and the people thereof are not in rebellion against the United States.”

“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, and as a fit and necessary war measure for suppressing said rebellion, do, on this 1st day of January, a.d., 1863, and in accordance with my purpose so to do, publicly proclaimed for the full period of one hundred days from the first day above mentioned, order and designate as the States and parts of States wherein the people thereof, respectively, are this day in rebellion against the United States the following to wit:

Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana (except the parishes of St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson, St.John, St. Charles, St. James, Ascension, Assumption, Terrebonne, Lafourche, St.Mary, St. Martin, and Orleans, including the city of New Orleans0, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia (except the forty-eight counties designated as West Virginia, and the counties of Berkeley, Accomac, Northhampton, Elizabeth City, York, Princess Anne, and Norfolk, including the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth), and which excepted parts are for the present left precisely as if this proclamation were not issued.

And by the virtue of the power and for the purpose aforesaid, 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.

And I hereby enjoin upon the people so declared to be free to abstain from all violence, unless in necessary self-defense: and I recommend to them that, in all cases when allowed, they labor faithfully for reasonable wages.

And I further declare and make known that such persons of suitable condition will be received into the armed service of the United States to garrison forts, positions, stations, and other places, and to man vessels of all sorts in said service.

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.”

Take a look at the first part of this document, which shows by words that this was done just as a “War Measure.”  Read the precise language in the fourth paragraph, where it is clearly stated, “…as a fit and necessary war measure for suppressing said rebellion…”  Given just this one part of the Proclamation, we can clearly see that this was done as a WAR MEASURE to suppress the rebellion.

We read on to all the States and parts of States that are included in this “Emancipation Proclamation.”  There, we clearly see the numerous Parishes of Louisiana excluded from the Proclamation, and the specified counties of West Virginia and other cities and counties that are also excluded from the Proclamation. Ever wonder why these Parishes and Counties were not included inn the “Emancipation Proclamation”? To show why they were not included is very easy: they were all under the control of the United States government at the time, and as such, the slaves in those places, like the slaves in the Northern States, were not freed.  You did read that right; slaves were ONLY “freed” in States under the Government of the Confederacy.

Let us make that statement once more: only the States under the Government of the Confederacy were included in the “Emancipation Proclamation”! Those States and parts of States under the flag of the United States were not included in the military move to “free” the slaves. It was done just to try and get the blacks to say they were free in the South and that they would rise up against the Confederate States. The most damaging part of the “Emancipation Proclamation” is born out by the words, “…and which excepted parts are for the present left precisely as if this proclamation were not issued.”

Read that one more time to fully understand that the Proclamation was not worth the paper it was written on. “…and which excepted parts are for the present left precisely as if this proclamation were not issued.” Those parts not included in this Proclamation, all the States in the North and those, which were held by Northern troops. Yes, you read that right: all the Northern States were not included in this “Emancipation Proclamation” because it was done solely for a military action, nothing else.  By now, some will still doubt this fact and say this document freed the slaves when it actually did nothing at all.

To present proof that the “Emancipation Proclamation” was written just for a military action and nothing else, not freeing a single slave anywhere. President Abraham Lincoln had the Supreme Court Justice Salmon P. Chase questioning his writing of the “Emancipation Proclamation,” and in reply to Justice Chase, Abraham Lincoln stated in a letter dated September 2, 1863:

“Knowing your great anxiety that the emancipation proclamation shall now be applied to certain parts of Virginia and Louisiana which are exempted from it last January, I state briefly what appear to me to be difficulties in the way of such a step. The original proclamation has no constitutional or legal justification, except as a military measure.”

Please read that as many times as you wish – it is true and accurate.  It is real, it is a matter of fact, and this shows that the “Emancipation Proclamation” did not free a single slave and had no affect on anyone at all. That is a pure MYTH that slaves were freed by the “Emancipation Proclamation,” that is a huge lie presented so many times that now many say it is true when it is not.

As amazing as it is, we have shown through documented sources that the “Emancipation Proclamation” was a well-written bag of Lies that had no real or honorable reality behind it. The document is out there, and many say Lincoln freed the slaves with this piece of paper – namely the “Emancipation Proclamation.” That is a huge lie and myth that has no factual basis at all. If people would read the facts and the real meaning behind the “Emancipation Proclamation,” they would find out that it was written, not to free slaves, but as a pure military application.

There is much more that could be written on this subject, but we decided to just show the words that disclose the facts and the false idea that Abraham Lincoln freed slaves.  The 13th Amendment was finally passed by a Republican Congress in 1865, just months after Lincoln was Dead.  Lincoln’s Proclamation is wrongly said to have freed the slaves, making him great when the facts show very clearly that Abraham Lincoln did not free a single slave.

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