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The Emancipation
Proclamation

Currently, I am able to walk freely throughout the United
States, do business with anyone I like and take part in all the activities that
interest me whenever and wherever I like, except for places where age and other
factors prohibit me from accessing. For a long time, since its founding, many
people in America were unable to do the things that we do today. The most
affected groups were the blacks and the native Indian communities who could not
live freely outside of their reserves. The mistreatment and abuse of the black
people were very common since many of them were still slaves and not considered
as American citizens. As history shows, it would take a war, the Civil War, and
very public proclamation, the Emancipation Proclamation, to accord the black
people equal rights in America. 

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The Emancipation Proclamation was an executive order issued
on January 1, 1863. In it, the President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln
declared that slavery was abolished in the southern states that were part of
the Confederation. The Emancipation Proclamation did not directly end slavery
since slaves in the northern states that were part of the Union, as well as
those in the Border States were not freed by this executive order. In addition
to ending slavery in the southern states, the Emancipation Proclamation
declared that the freed slaves could join the army in any position even as
soldiers. As such, many slaves joined the Union and fought to defeat the
rebelling Confederate states. The Emancipation Proclamation changed the cause
of the civil war, acting as the turning point that ensured the Unions victory.

Many Americans in the recent times enjoy freedoms and
liberties that were not common for all people in the past. Before and during
the civil war era, black people in America were not considered American
citizens, and as such, they did not share the same rights to the white
Americans. Many black people were slaves in both the north and the south. Today
black people are distinctively identified as American citizens, and they form a
very critical part of the American society and identity. Black people enjoy the
same rights and protection from the constitution just as the rest of the
American citizens.

As an American citizen, the Emancipation Proclamation did
not only change the cause of the American civil war, but it created the society
within which I thrive in today. The high rate of integration of different races
has allowed me as a person to appreciate my country for all its struggles and
victories. The history of America is filled with numerous difficult situations
that required tough and fair choices. In every situation, more so during the
civil war, it was very important that our leaders were able to make the right
decisions even when they were unpopular. The Emancipation Proclamation is an
example of the astuteness of American leaders and their intention to build a
free country where all people could prosper. Just as the founding fathers did
their part commendably, we should as American citizens, forever commend and
appreciate our fellow citizens of the civil war era as well as the government
that ensured freedom for all people in the United States. The citizens of America
during that era were able to keep true with the spirit and desires of the
founding fathers.

Today we study the American civil war as an important part
of America’s history. The American civil claimed the lives of many American
citizens, all of whom fought for what they believed in as their right and duty.
These men and women cannot be forgotten for their contribution to this great
country, for they showed us that in America, every person has the right to
fight for what they believe. They demonstrated the willingness of America to
pay the ultimate price for the freedom and liberties of all its citizens. For
this reason, I am forever proud of my country and fellow men, and I will not
shy when my time to defend the values of my country has come.

The Emancipation Proclamation was an important step for the
country, a step that ensured all people in America would have equal rights and
that the color of one’s skin was not a label for their social status. As I have
stated earlier the price that was paid to ensure this freedom was way too much,
the ultimate price. As such, the death and destruction that ensued is a reason
why as Americans we must continue to protect the freedom and liberties of all
our citizens. It is a shame that today, even worse mistreatment occurs
throughout the country; a behavior that belittles the sacrifices made during
the civil war, and similarly disregards such important historical events as the
Emancipation Proclamation. For those who continue to deny other people their
freedom, it is important that they know that 800000 people died and lost their
abilities to function normally fighting for equal rights and freedom for all
Americans. It should not take another massive loss of life and function for
America to understand the price of freedom and liberty for its entire people.
As Americans, we should learn from those who went before us, from the
devastation that was the civil war and avoid the current disrespect for one
another and the inhibition of other people’s freedom.

On the day January 1 1863, America began its journey towards
putting an end to slavery. Slavery can never be justified, but it can be
identified as a necessity that at the time, served the interest of the country.
The country can never be fully apologetic for the acts of enslavement, but it
can heal. If anything, then the lives lost during the civil war should mean
something to the bitter black people who continue to ponder on and brood over
the mistreatment of their ancestors. I have learned that for every wrong action
that the American nation took, it has taken an equally opposite action that has
ensured the wrongs were remedied. The Emancipation Proclamation was such action
that the country took to remedy the effects of slavery on the black. The
Emancipation Proclamation identified the black people as citizens of America,
and granted them equal protection by the law. This step was a very crucial step
that started to heal the difference between the two racial groups that
dominated the country at that time, and even today.

Apart from recognizing black people as American citizens,
the Emancipation Proclamation began the process of including black people in
politics and other social processes in the country. For example, for the first
time in the history of America, the Emancipation Proclamation made it possible
for the black man to cast his vote and choose leaders. While there was still a
long way for the black man to go as far as these rights were concerned, this
step was very critical in the process of ensuring that the country fully
committed to its intention to end slavery. Today as American citizens, we all
have a say in who becomes our representative in all the levels of government.
This is not a very little issue with the emancipation Proclamation making it
clear that all citizens deserved equal right to participate in the political
and administrative roles in the country. The first black American president,
Barack Obama was able to win votes from a huge number of people from all races,
becoming the culmination and the realization of the freedoms fought for during
the Civil War. Therefore, it gives me joy to know that as a country, we remain
true to the desires and dreams of our founding fathers as well as the other
great leaders and people who have come before us.

Today the 13th, 14th, and 15th
amendments exist in law and act as protection for the equal rights of all
peoples in America. These changes in the law are the result of the Emancipation
Proclamation that started the initiative to end slavery and recognize every
American citizen as being equal. The 13th amendment protects against
slavery and ensures that not ever again in America will a man or woman, of any
race or ethnicity be put into slavery. As part of the law, the 13th
amendment is the action that demonstrated the country’s intention to abolish
slavery. No other action carries with it the impact that the 13th
amendment to the United States Constitution does in regard to making all
citizens equal.

The 14th amendment was critical towards the
implementation of the 13th amendment. Taken directly from the
statement of the Emancipation Proclamation, the 14th amendment gave
the black people a right to citizenship and equal protection rights. By
identifying the black people as American citizens, the law clearly stated that
nothing that shall not be done unto a white person by law should be done to the
black person. As such, it outlawed acts such as flogging and other forms of
violence. The 15th amendment is critical since it gave the newly
freed slaves, at least the men in that group, the right to choose their leaders
and representatives in the state and national level. Nothing defines equal
rights as the right for all to participate in the political process of
selecting their leaders and representatives. Through this amendment, the black
man’s voice meant something, and his choice was likewise an empowerment to make
a good life for himself and his family.

Conclusion

The Emancipation Proclamation is a very important part of
the American history, but most importantly, it is a very critical aspect of the
history and journey of the black man. The black man was able to move from being
slaves working the fields, and subjected to all kinds of inhumane acts to free
citizens with equal rights to their fellow Americans. Since the Emancipation
Proclamation, we have all of us as Americans, shared the pains and suffering as
well as the victories and prosperities with one another. I wonder why we should
stop now. American citizens should continue to coexist with one another as our
ancestors who came before us intended. They laid their lives so that as a
people we could realize the importance of working and living together. In the
end, when an enemy comes to fight us or when we are faced with a calamity, we
only have ourselves to rely on. It is, therefore, important to acknowledge and
celebrate one another despite the color of our skins, the accents with which we
speak, and most importantly, the God we pray to.