Emancipation Proclamation

(1862)

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Impact

The first wave of response to the Emancipation Proclamation varied by population but was generally favorable, drawing positive comments from observers such as the prominent abolitionist leader William Lloyd Garrison, the former slave and fellow abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass, and the writer Ralph Waldo Emerson. Lincoln's political party, the Republicans, likewise welcomed the proclamation. Democrats, on the other hand, denounced Lincoln's decree as unconstitutional and...