History MattersJanuary 1 to January 15, 2020

Showing our children that their past is prelude to their future

It happened on New Year’s Day, 1863 — two years into a bloody war that pitted the Union against the Confederacy. President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which declared: “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 … shall be then…