|The Emancipation Proclamation|
January 1, 1863
By the President of the United States of America:
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:
"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.
"That the Executive will, on the first day of January aforesaid, by proclamation, designate the States and parts of States, if any, in which the people thereof, respectively, shall then be in rebellion against the United States; and the fact that any State, or the people thereof, shall on that day be, in good faith, represented in the Congress of the United States by members chosen thereto at elections wherein a majority of the qualified voters of such State shall have participated, shall, in the absence of strong countervailing testimony, be deemed conclusive evidence that such State, and the people thereof, are not then in rebellion against the United States."Now, therefore I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, by virtue of the power in me vested as Commander-in-Chief, of the Army and Navy of the United States in time of actual armed rebellion against the authority and government of the United States, and as a fit and necessary war measure for suppressing said rebellion, do, on this first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and in accordance with my purpose so to do publicly proclaimed for the full period of one hundred days, from the day first above mentioned, order and designate as the States and parts of States wherein the people thereof respectively, are this day in rebellion against the United States, the following, to wit:
Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, (except the Parishes of St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson, St. John, St. Charles, St. James Ascension, Assumption, Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Mary, St. Martin, and Orleans, including the City of New Orleans) Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia, (except the forty-eight counties designated as West Virginia, and also the counties of Berkley, Accomac, Northampton, Elizabeth City, York, Princess Ann, and Norfolk, including the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth[)], and which excepted parts, are for the present, left precisely as if this proclamation were not issued.
And by virtue of the power, and for the purpose aforesaid, I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated States, and parts of States, are, and henceforward shall be free; and that the Executive government of the United States, including the military and naval authorities thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of said persons.
And I hereby enjoin upon the people so declared to be free to abstain from all violence, unless in necessary self-defence; and I recommend to them that, in all cases when allowed, they labor faithfully for reasonable wages.
And I further declare and make known, that such persons of suitable condition, will be received into the armed service of the United States to garrison forts, positions, stations, and other places, and to man vessels of all sorts in said service.
And upon this act, sincerely believed to be an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution, upon military necessity, I invoke the considerate judgment of mankind, and the gracious favor of Almighty God.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the City of Washington, this first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty three, and of the Independence of the United States of America the eighty-seventh.
By the President: ABRAHAM LINCOLN
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This is worse than disgraceful: Fugitive Slave Act of 1850
After the Christian assholes of the United States Congress passed this law in 1850 it became legal for Christian slaveowners to go to the north to capture and return slaves who escaped from southern plantations.
Friday, February 11, 2011
Both Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln were born on February 12, 1809.
What an amazing coincidence that two of the most important people in history were born on the exact same day in 1809. Charles Darwin freed the entire human race from supernatural bullshit and Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves in America.
Americans have come a long way since 1809. Thanks to Lincoln, instead of owning black people, we vote for them to be our president. Thanks to Darwin, instead of invoking the magic god fairy for everything, we invoke science to solve scientific problems. Oh wait, that was just wishful thinking because most Americans still invoke magic, especially for the development of our species. But eventually even Idiot America will get Darwin's memo. We just got to eradicate the Christian death cult first.
My previous post was about Darwin. This post is about Lincoln. Thanks to my subscription to the New York Times, I have access to any New York Times article going back to 1851. This is from the front page of the November 20, 1863 New York Times, the day after Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. It's exactly what New Yorkers read in 1863, and the article includes when Lincoln's speech was interrupted with applause. At the time nobody knew the Gettysburg Address would become the most famous speech in American history.
During the Civil War Abraham Lincoln decided America should join the rest of the civilized world. He freed the slaves. It was about time to end the most disgraceful part of America's history.