Lincoln, Slavery, and Emancipation

Here’s University of Texas at Austin Professor of History George Forgie in a course on the Civil War and Reconstruction lecturing on how President Abraham Lincoln came to issue the Emancipation Proclamation. The video’s description reads, “George Forgie talked about the evolution of President Abraham Lincoln’s views on slavery, and the political and legal factors Lincoln considered before issuing the Emancipation Proclamation. President Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, ordering the emancipation of all slaves in any Confederate state that did not return to the Union by January 1, 1863. No Confederate states returned, and Lincoln signed and issued the Emancipation Proclamation. This lecture was from Professor Forgie’s class at the University of Texas at Austin.”

I’m not completely satisfied with the lecture, as parts of it tell only a part of the story he’s telling. But overall, it’s not bad at all.


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