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That on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, 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; and the Executive Government of the United States, including the military and naval authority thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons, and will do no act or acts to repress such persons, or any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual freedom ... Why was this
document written? to free enslaved people to issue orders to government officials to declare that slavery was morally wrong to punish rebellious slaves
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The Emancipation Proclamation, issued by Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, quoted here, was written to free enslaved people.
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