“The Causes and Outcomes of the Emancipation Proclamation”

The election of Lincoln led to the separation of eleven slave-holding states and the beginning of the civil war. The states (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia) were scared that Lincoln would hold back their right to do as they chose about the question of black and white, so they ended up making the Confederate South. Though this occurred, four slave-holding states remained in the Union. These Union states are: Missouri, Kentucky, Maryland and Delaware.

During the first part of the war, abolitionists and some military leaders pressured Lincoln to issue a proclamation (an official public announcement) freeing the slaves. They argued that a policy like so would benefit the North because slaves were contributing greatly to the Confederate war effort. In addition, by doing most of the South's farming and factory work, slaves made white men free to enlist in the Confederate army. Even though this happened, Lincoln was scared that he freeing the slaves would divide up the North. He believed that the four slave-holding states would split up if he accepted the plan, and h



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