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Emancipation: January 1, 1863

pinenee Wrote: Jan 02, 2013 7:31 AM
The nonsense is the Mr. Blackwell and the the rest of the American conservatives living in the past. The whole conservative group making up stuff as if fairy tales and delusions will substitute for real genuine decision making and actions. Old antiquated cultures, like the Ronald Reagan GOP, can't keep-up. Sir, why the colonial and imperial response. UC Berkley and liberals, an imperialistic response. Victoria is dead. The great white father in the white house is dead.

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...