Abraham Lincoln sign the Emancipation Proclamation January 1, 1963, 150 years ago, freeing over 3 million slaves. In the 3rd year of the civil war, Lincoln signed the proclamation that declared “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebellious states “are, and henceforward shall be free. In addition, Black men were able to join union army and navy. From the first day of the civil war Blacks worked to free themselves.
Unfortunately for Blacks, southern whites took the proclamation as an out rage and were appalled. Subsequently, southern whites formed groups like the KKK (klu klux klan) to control and dominate Blacks.