On this day in 1862, Abraham Lincoln told his cabinet and advisors that he was planning to issue a proclamation to free slaves. He planned to announce it after the Union Army won a significant victory. Apparently, the primary goal of the Emancipation Proclamation was to save the union, not abolish slavery. Lincoln was worried that other countries were about to recognize the Confederacy as a separate nation, and he hoped that the proclamation would prompt a mass exodus of slaves from the south to the north, depleting the south’s labor force. Although 155 years later we still haven’t quite hit Lincoln’s mark (neither full union nor full equality), it’s nice to know that he tried to set us on a good path. Thanks, Abe.
(Is it just me, or does Abe remind you just a little of Kramer on Seinfeld?)