6 thoughts on “The Emancipation Proclamation for the Cartoon-Minded

  1. Caldwell September 11, 2012 / 5:22 pm

    I know it was just a cartoon and all, but I would have enjoyed it more if that catchy little tune had more fully developed the lyrics. Something along these lines maybe;

    “…as President I hereby state and solemnly decree, by virtue of the power that is vested within me, that in the yeat one thousand eight hundred and sixty three, all the people held as slaves henceforth shall be free! that is of course except for those in the state of kentuckee!! oh, and also those in the union state of good ole missouri! and those is little delaware will be in slavery, just like those in Maryland will also not be free! West Virginia too will remain a slavery state, and many more in throught the land have bondage as their fate! la la la, la la la la….

    • Brooks D. Simpson September 12, 2012 / 12:13 pm

      The cartoon simplifies a complex process that you don’t seem to understand. Where was Lincoln’s basis for striking against slavery in states in good standing in the Union?

      • Caldwell September 12, 2012 / 3:10 pm

        On the contrary, it is clearly you who doesn’t seem to understand the implications involving the EP. Lincoln is usually given credit for performing a grand humanitarian act, when in fact the EP was little more than the lawless and cynical act of an unlettered troglodyte. But at least you do recognize that slavery was just as legal in the USA as it was in the CSA.

        • Brooks D. Simpson September 12, 2012 / 3:17 pm

          It would be a good idea to support the accusations you make. Then again, reading isn’t your strong suit.

        • rcocean September 12, 2012 / 5:53 pm

          An interesting factoid about the 13th Amendment:

          You’d think after the EP it sailed through congress but while it was passed in April 1864 by the Senate, with a vote of 38 to 6, the required two-thirds majority was defeated in the House of Representatives by a vote of 93 to 65. Abolishing slavery was almost exclusively a Republican party effort–only four Democrats voted for it.

          It was then that President Abraham Lincoln took an active role in pushing it through congress. He insisted that the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment be added to the Republican party platform for the upcoming presidential elections. As a result of his efforts the House passed the bill in January 1865 with a vote of 119-56.

          • Andy Hall September 13, 2012 / 7:26 am

            Lincoln’s personal involvement in the passage of the 13th Amendment is likely why he went to the trouble of signing the official copy, along with Speaker of the House Schuyler Colfax and Vice President and President of the Senate Hannibal Hamlin, even though the President has no formal role in approving amendments.

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