On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation which planted the seeds that would sprout into the end of slavery in the United States of America.
The story of Lincoln's fight to free slaves is captured at the Lincoln Monument in Washington, D.C., which is also free.
Even though Michigan was not a slave state today’s Michiganders can be encouraged by the document that uplifted the free African-Americans in the state. They were encouraged by the President’s action.
Michigan’s history of proactivity on human rights issues drove the state to become the third state to ratify the Thirteenth Amendment. It did so on February 3, 1865.
Lincoln was a firm believer that slavery was unjust. He said that if slavery was not ended we would all become slaves. This was his way to bring on the end of slavery as presidential powers allow a president to issue such proclamations in areas where rebellions are occurring.
Learn more about this piece of history by reading Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America.
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