|THE Emancipation Proclamation, signed 150 years ago on New Years Eve, was a revolutionary achievement, and widely recognized as such at the time. Abraham Lincoln himself declared, 'If my name goes into history it will be for this act, and my whole soul is in it.' At his speech condemning human trafficking, President Obama referred to Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation as having 'brought a new day -- that 'all persons held as slaves' would thenceforth be forever free. We wrote that promise into our Constitution. We spent decades struggling to make it real.' For those who insist they would have been abolitionists during the Civil War, now is the chance to become one.
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