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The ACW Story, Issue #005 -- Emancipation Proclamation
September 12, 2013

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Issue #5 – Sept 12, 2013

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Welcome to the fifth issue of The ACW Story! Sorry that we are running late, but I forgot to get this scheduled to go out last Saturday, my bad!

In this months issue, we will be looking at the Emancipation Proclamation, and how most people don't really understand what this important document did.

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Quote of the Month

"...all persons 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..."

- Emancipation Proclamation

The key phrase of the Emancipation Proclamation that "freed the slaves." What many people don't realize is there was much more to the Emancipation Proclamation than that, and that it actually freed very few slaves at that time.

Suggested Reading

Here is a selection of books we would recommend if you are interested in learning more about the Emancipation Proclamation. The first two provide interesting facts and discussions of the iconic Proclamation. While third book targets kids with a clear explanation of the document and its story.

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Civil War Submarines

Did you know that the Emancipation Proclamation specifically noted that slaveholders withing the Union could ignore the declarations of the Emancipation Proclamation?

Did you know that the Emancipation Proclamation proved to be an important tool to keep the Confederacy from gaining any allies?

Did you know that the Emancipation Proclamation helped the Union Army add hundreds of thousands of men to its ranks?

Learn more about those facts and may more by checking out our page on the Emancipation Proclamation...

Click here to learn some interesting facts about the Emancipation proclamation.

Also, on that page we have full transcripts of the Proclamation, and the Preliminary Proclamation.

Question of the Month!

On what date was the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation issued?

Hint: Check out this page, to find the answer.

Give your answer by replying to the question that is posted on our Facebook page. All correct answers get to give themselves a pat on the back!

Civil War Navy (The Magazine)

Civil War Navy the Magazine
Civil War Navy is a relatively new magazine, but I think it has a lot potential. It promises to bring to life the underrepresented history of the Civil War navies. The one issue I have seen was a veritable treasure trove of information about Civil War submarines. It was packed with stories about little known exploits of submarines during the war, and also present day efforts to find and preserve these rare pieces of naval history. Future issues are sure to be filled with fascinating information about ironclads, river warfare, and all things Civil War navy related. Click here for more information!

What else is new on the website?

Here are some articles that have been added or updated in the past month:

Abraham Lincoln - A page of facts and information about the 16th President of the United States.

Civil War quotes - A collection of quotes from some of the most iconic leaders of the American Civil War.

Lincoln Assassination - Read the story of the Lincoln Assassination here.

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