Did Lincoln free the slaves? (yes and no)

Norman Mikalac mikalac at SPAMworldnet.att.net
Tue Aug 29 17:47:16 MDT 2000

correct, the docs state that slaves were LEGALLY free, but not
necessarily ACTUALLY free.  in 2000, many people will tell us that US
slaves are STILL not free!


Carrol Cox wrote:
> Norman Mikalac wrote:
> >
> > therefore, on 1/1/63, Lincoln's Proclmation freed the slaves in the
> > rebellious states.
> > on 12/6/65, the XIIIth amendment freed all slaves from all the states.
> I hereby declare that Mumia is free!
> Lincoln's word had as much effect in the rebellious states as my word does in
> Pennsylvania. In fact it could be regarded as a bribe offer: Come home, and you can
> have your slaves back!
> The argument is of course more complex than this, but it also much more complex
> than equating the Emancipaiton Proclamation with any simple freeing of *any* slaves
> anywhere.
> Carrol

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