The Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation

Today marks the 149th anniversary of the issuance of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.  The significance of this document (and its details) are sometimes overlooked (and it must be set in context alongside Lincoln’s December 1862 annual message, as well as the ebb and flow of the war and the political situation, including the midterm elections).

I’ll have more to say about this document soon (including my belief that it is best to see the document as one of reconstruction).  What do you make of it?