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Did the emancipation proclamation abolish slavery?

The Emancipation Proclamation was an 1862 statement and executive order issued by then United States President Abraham Lincoln at the height of the American Civil War. This dramatic change of policy is now largely recognised as the famous decree that abolished slavery in the United States, however for some this, and indeed Lincoln’s own views on race and slavery, remains controversial. For example author and historian Lerone Bennett Jr. has cast doubt on whether the Emancipation Proclamation was even intended to end slavery. Did the Emancipation Proclamation actually abolish slavery? If not how did this happen, and what was its real intent?
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Slavery has only worsened since the 1862

To abolish slavery gives the impression that it has been completely done away with or ended, however in the US, just like every country in the world, the dynamics of slavery continue despite the global abolition of slavery. Indentured servitude, bondage, human trafficking, sexual slavery and slave-like working conditions persist and have only worsened since 1862. Today there are thought to be over 27 million slaves in the world, more than at any point during the trans-Atlantic slave trade or any other time in history, illegality has only forced the trade in human slavery underground, and corruption allows it to persist. In this way the Emancipation Proclamation, and indeed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, failed to abolish slavery, as the picture is only worse and as it goes unseen it is arguably objected to on a much lesser extent at present.


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