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Emancipation Proclamation, the

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary EnglishEmancipation Proclamation, thethe Emancipation ProclamationEˌmanciˈpation Proclaˌmation, the  an announcement made in the US by President Abraham Lincoln which ordered the end of slavery (=the practice of owning people as property) in the Confederate States (=the southern states of the US) from January 1st 1863. The Proclamation was made during the Civil War, with the aim of weakening the Confederate Sates. Soon after the war, slavery was completely ended by the ‘13th Amendment’ to the US Constitution.
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