The Emancipation Proclamation 5 Ws
Updated: 1/22/2021
The Emancipation Proclamation 5 Ws
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Emancipation Proclamation Lesson Plans

Emancipation Proclamation: A Primary Source Analysis

Lesson Plans by Richard Cleggett

The Emancipation Proclamation is an important document for students to study and understand in in relation to American History. The Proclamation itself serves as a window to the language and ideas of its time and how President Abraham Lincoln aimed to end the raging Civil War. The aftermath of the document still defines the US to this day.


Emancipation Proclamation

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The Emancipation Proclamation 5 Ws | Teaching The Emancipation Proclamation

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  • WHAT IS IT?
  • THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION JANUARY 1ST, 1863
  • WHO WROTE IT?
  • WHERE DID IT APPLY?
  • Not freed in border states
  • The Emancipation Proclamation is a document that called for the freeing of slaves in rebellious states during the American Civil War. It can be seen as a war measure as well as a moral measure.
  • The Emancipation Proclamation was written by Abraham Lincoln along with advisement from his cabinet.
  • It declared all slaves in rebellious states freed, as they were considered contraband. However, it did not apply to border states, or states that had not seceded from the Union.
  • Slaves freed here
  • WHEN WAS IT ISSUED?
  • 5 Ws OF THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION
  • WHY WAS IT WRITTEN?
  • We can't afford to PAY people to work the plantations!
  • A preliminary version of the Emancipation Proclamation was written and circulated in 1862. The document itself was officially issued on January 1st, 1863.
  • The document was written for several reasons. It aimed to weaken the Confederacy by eliminating its economic abilities. It also turned the war into a crusade against the institution of slavery.