"President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, as the nation approached its third year of bloody civil war. The proclamation declared "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free.""National Archiveshttps://www.archives.gov/exhibits/featured-documents/emancipation-proclamation
The Emancipation Proclamation was limited it only applied to states that had seceded from the united states. The proclamation did not end slavery in the nation. Leaving slavery untouched in loyal states.The Emancipation Proclamation changed the character of the Civil War by allowing black men to serve in the union army allowing them fight for the freedom of those still enslaved.