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Emancipation: January 1, 1863

InAmericaSince1627 Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 2:59 PM
Isaiah 53:6, “all have sinned and come short of the glory of GOD, Romans 2:11, “For God does not show favoritism”. Acts 10:34, “At this Peter opened his mouth and said: “For a certainty I perceive that God is not partial,..” In a day and age when far more people went to church and a good education included biblical study, stating that something was "self-evident" would mean the writer assumed the readers would have similar education.

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...