The Emancipation Proclamation

~ The text of Abraham Lincoln's Actual 1863 Emancipation Proclamation ~

It must be noted for our visitors who have reached this web page ~ that the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation we find in American History textbooks is NOT a complete and accurate representation of the actual proclamation printed by the United States Government Printing Office (GPO) and released to the public after Lincoln announced this Executive Order.  The following image was printed in 1864 by the United States Government Printing Office and "officially" signed by Abraham Lincoln.  Copies of this document are posted in the South under United States military occupation ...


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We hope that as you read the following text, you will pay strong attention to the fact that Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation EXEMPTED several counties in some Southern states and PARISHES IN LOUISIANA, including the City of New Orleans.

Slavery was left intact throughout Southeastern Louisiana where it continued to flourish.  The complete text ~ much of which does NOT appear anywhere in American History textbooks, is as follows:

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"I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, by virtue of the power in me vested as Commander In Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, in time of actual armed rebellion against the authority and government of the United States and as a fit and necessary for suppressing said rebellion do, on this first day of January in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty three, and in accordance with my purpose so to do publicly proclaimed for the full period of one hundred days from the day of the first above mentioned order, and designate as the States and designated parts of States wherein the people thereof respectively are this day in rebellion against the United States, the following, to wit: Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana - except for the parishes of St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson, St. John, St. Charles, St. James, Assumption, Terre Bonne, Lafourche, St. Mary, St. Martin and Orleans, including the City of New Orleans - Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia - except the forty-eight counties designated as West Virginia, and also the counties of Berkley, Accomac, Northampton, Elizabeth City, York, Princess Ann, and Norfolk, including the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth, and which excerpted parts are, for the present, left precisely as if this proclamation were not issued.

And by virtue of the power and for the purpose aforesaid, I do order and decree that all persons held as slaves within said designated States and parts of States are and henceforth shall be free; and that the executive government of the United States, including the military and naval authorities thereof will recognize and maintain the freedom of said persons.

And I hereby enjoin upon the people so declared to be free to abstain from all violence, unless in necessary self defense; and I recommend to them at in all cases when allowed, they labor faithfully for reasonable wages.

And I further declare and make known that such persons of suitable condition will be received into the armed service of the United States, to garrison forts, positions, stations, and other places, and to man vessels of all sorts in said service.

And upon this, sincerely believed to be an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution, upon military necessity, I invoke the considerable judgment of mankind and the gracious favor of Almighty God.