Emancipation Proclamation: January 1, 1863

Today‚Äôs blog post comes from National Archives social media intern Anna Fitzpatrick. On the first day of the new year in 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect, declaring freedom for slaves in parts of the Confederacy that had not yet come under Union control. Historian John Hope Franklin described the day: [It] was a … Continue reading Emancipation Proclamation: January 1, 1863