Did the Emancipation Proclamation “Free the Slaves”?

Prior to the 13th amendment, it was agreed on all hands that the federal government had no power to regulate or abolish slavery in the states in which it existed. The Republican party’s agenda was to prevent the introduction of slavery into the territories acquired through the Mexican-American War, to prevent its introduction into newContinue reading “Did the Emancipation Proclamation “Free the Slaves”?”