Emancipation Proclamation marks 150th anniversary

In the movie "Lincoln," Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis offers a stunning portrayal of one of America’s most revered presidents as he works to garner support for what he believed to be a necessary, but extremely controversial executive order — the Emancipation Proclamation.

The release of the film came just months prior to the impending 150th anniversary for the landmark order, which was signed on Jan. 1, 1863, by President Abraham Lincoln.

The edict proclaimed that all those enslaved in Confederate territory would be permanently free, and ordered the Army — and all segments of the executive branch — to treat as free everyone enslaved in the 10 states that were still in rebellion. The proclamation could not be enforced in areas still under rebellion, but as the army took control of Confederate regions, the slaves in those regions were emancipated rather than returned to their masters.

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