Emancipation Proclamation draft

July 22, 1862

Abraham Lincoln revealed to his Cabinet his plans to issue an emancipation proclamation and submitted a draft of the document to them. Secretary of State William H. Seward advised Lincoln to wait to issue the proclamation until after a Union military success to avoid it being seen as a desperate measure. Lincoln heeded Seward’s advice, putting the proclamation away until after the Union victory at Antietam in September.

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