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Emancipation Proclamation: Why didn't Lincoln free all the slaves? - Compass Classroom Blog

Emancipation Proclamation: Why didn't Lincoln free all the slaves?

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One of the surprising things about the Emancipation Proclamation is that it only applied to slaves in the 10 Confederate States, not to all the slaves in the United States.

In fact, slavery would not be abolished until the 13th Amendment in 1865. This meant that the 500,000 men, women and children who were in slavery in various Union States were unaffected by the legislation. They would spend two more years in slavery.

Why was this? Click on the video to hear Dave Raymond explain more about this period in American History.

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