Question 76
The 1800s
What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?

The Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves. Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, during the Civil War. It said that slaves in the Southern states were free. Slaves could then join the United States Army. 185,000 African Americans fought in the Civil War. They fought for the Union and for freedom. The Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves.

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