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Today in History: Abraham Lincoln Freed the Slaves in Washington DC

Posted by Gilbert Stack on April 16, 2019 at 8:10 AM

On this day (April 16) in 1862, Abraham Lincoln freed all of the slaves in Washington D.C. It wouldn't be until January 1, 1863 that he freed the 3.1 million slaves living in Confederate States. Even then, slaves held in Union States (KE, MA, MO, & DE), occupied-and-Union-leaning TE and in the VA counties becoming WV and the Tidewater area all remained in bondage. Lincoln believed that his war powers gave him the right to free the slaves in the rebellious, but not in the loyal parts of the union. Making certain that all slaves were freed and remained free was the reason for his push to ratify the Thirteenth Amendment.

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