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By Hannah Van Ree

Civil War, Emancipation Proclamation 150 years of change

Nebraska impacted greatly by the war, territory left unprotected as soldiers joined Union Army


Jan. 1, 2013 marked the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln issuing the Emancipation Proclamation, which some say is the crowning achievement of his presidency.

Emancipation Proclamation analyst Douglas Miller summed up the proclamation as a declaration freeing all slaves in enemy territory, meaning any territory inhabiting people in rebellion against the federal government.

Miller wrote that few slaves were freed immediately after the proclamation because the proclamation did not apply to slaves in border states fighting for the Union, or southern areas of the country that were...

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