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When was the declaration of emancipation?

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Abraham Lincoln issue the Emancipation Proclamation on Sept. 22, 1862 which declared that, on Jan 1, 1863, all persons held as slaves in America "...thenceforth and forever free;"

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The Emancipation Proclamation, issued on September 22, 1862, was effective January 1, 1863. It said “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.”

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