Posts Tagged ‘Emancipation Proclamation’

Quote of the day, Aug. 28

August 28, 2013

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Aug. 28, 1963)

“Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves, who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity. But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination.¬†One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land, and so we have come here today to dramatize a shameful condition. (more…)

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Quote of the day, Jan. 1

December 31, 2012

New York Daily Tribune, on the Emancipation Proclamation (Jan. 1, 1863)

“The President stood out against Emancipation, in spite of the entreaties and arguments of the great body of his earnest supporters, until he became satisfied that the Union must be saved at the expense of Slavery or it could not be saved at all. (more…)

Quote of the day, Dec. 31

December 31, 2012

Emancipation Proclamation (1 January 1863)

By the President of the United States of America:

A Proclamation.

Whereas, on the twenty-second day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-two, a proclamation was issued by the President of the United States, containing, among other things, the following, to wit: (more…)

Quote of the day, Sept. 22

September 22, 2010

Abraham Lincoln, Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation (1862)

“All people held as slaves within any state, or designated part of a state, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.”