Abraham Lincoln’s Wartime Diplomacy and the Emancipation Proclamation

Authored by: Debra Sheffer

The Routledge Handbook of American Military and Diplomatic History

Print publication date:  August  2014
Online publication date:  September  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415533805
eBook ISBN: 9781315817347
Adobe ISBN: 9781317813354


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The Emancipation Proclamation is arguably the cornerstone of President Abraham Lincoln’s wartime diplomacy. In Lincoln’s view, the emancipation of slaves was a military necessity for the Union. While others believed the proclamation validated the idea that slavery was the major cause of the war and that it expanded war aims to include abolition for its own sake, Lincoln remained firm that the Emancipation Proclamation was a military necessity. The declaration is significant because it shaped the outcome of the war, as well as American society and culture after the conflict.

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