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In Sept. 1862, President Abraham Lincoln changed the course of American history by announcing that enslaved people would soon be free. Commonly referred to as the ‘preliminary’ Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln’s action that day was emboldened by a Union victory at the Battle of Antietam only days earlier. It is considered the bloodiest battle in American history after nearly 23,000 men lost their lives in a single day.
Ben Parten, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of history at Georgia Southern University who specializes in 19th century politics, abolition, civil war, reconstruction and the slave trade. He recently earned a doctorate at Yale University, and returned to his home state of Georgia. He discusses the importance of these two events that occurred 160 years ago. Find the written article here.
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Georgia Southern University, "Ep. 4- The Civil War: 160 Years Later" (2022). Eagle Eye View Podcast. 1.