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Emancipation: January 1, 1863

Docnick Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 5:24 PM
Ken, are you suggesting the the core problem that drove the civil war was slavery? If so, my understanding of that time in our history differs from yours. The slavery issue can in after the ball was rolling. Ron
Think Freely Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 9:29 PM
I do understand that the Slavery issue, was present and debated constantly from the beginning of our nation. It was that issue that led to the secession of the Southern States. Can you show any evidence that the secession was from a different cause totally unrelated to slavery?

Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison.

President Abraham Lincoln had been warned by Gen. George B. McClellan not to interfere with the institution of slavery. McClellan was a “War Democrat,” willing to fight to preserve the Union, but unwilling to do anything about the root cause of the rebellion that threatened the life of the nation.

Ironically, it was McClellan’s victory at the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862, that had given Lincoln the opportunity he needed to issue his Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. In that document, the President warned rebellious states in the South that they would...