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Giving Freedom

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President Abraham Lincoln’s Annual...
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President Abraham Lincoln’s Annual Message to Congress, December 1, 1862

President Lincoln believed that permanent abolition of slavery was essential to the survival of the nation. In this address, he likened the war to a “fiery trial,” and summoned the Union to the great task of abolishing slavery, declaring that “In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free…”

Records of the U.S. Senate, National Archives and Records Administration