Obviously, this will be an easy and popular post on Civil War blogs tonight and tomorrow, but it's a subject important enough to deserve much commemoration and celebration.
Plus, from a selfish standpoint, as 2012 progressed, I found myself using my tablet ( thank you Santa Claus 2011) more than my desktop, and that has hindered my posting. I'm hoping that this Blogger app will make it easier for me to post updates like this one, the first I have done like this.
Nevertheless, January 1, 1863 was a tremendously important day in United States history. Lincoln's proclamation was not perfect, of course, and it did not immediately end slavery throughout the land or defeat racism (Northern or Southern), but it was a large step forward for an American President to issue an official anti- slavery document for the nation (and world) to see. It established the ending of slavery as an official U.S. government aim of the ongoing war.
I hope people other than "history buffs" read and think about this tomorrow, even if just briefly. This is more than just another Civil War milestone.