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16th Abraham Lincoln 1861-1865 (First Republican)

  • In 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues The Emancipation Proclamation, an executive order that freed all slaves in rebellious Southern states and adds 200,000 blacks to the union.  This was a declaration by a sitting President that slavery was wrong.
  • In 1865 Lincoln played an active role in passing the 13th amendment which states “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

It makes sense that blacks join the Republican Party. 

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