The Emancipation Proclamation Comic Strip The Emancipation Proclamation<P>Educator-Led Piece<P>The Emancipation Proclamation paved the way for African-Americans to fight for their freedom.<P>by Darius Alavaz<P>As an individual, Lincoln hated slavery. As a Republican, he wished to rid it as the first step to putting the institution “in the course of ultimate extinction.” But as President of the United States, he was bound by a Constitution that protected slavery in any state where citizens wanted it.<P>The Battle of Antietam (also known as Sharpsburg) provided the necessary Union victory to issue the Emancipation Proclamation.<P>“I never, in my life, felt more certain that I was doing right, than I do in signing this paper...” “If my name ever goes into history it will be for this act, and my whole soul is in it." These were President Abraham Lincoln’s words in regards to signing the Constitution.<P>When the Civil War erupted in April 1861, Frederick Douglass began placed pressure on the Lincoln Administration to include African Americans in the Union Army.  As the war raged on, the inclusion of African American soldiers in federal forces helped the Union war effort and African Americans’ struggle for freedom.<P>Meanwhile, Lincoln and the Republican party recognized that the Emancipation Proclamation, as a war measure, might have no constitutional validity after the war. The legal framework of slavery would still exist in the former Confederate states and in Union slave states. The overwhelmingly Republican Senate passed the Thirteenth Amendment, to abolish slavery, by more than the necessary two-thirds majority on April 8, 1864.
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