The author of this report is to offer a discussion response to several questions relating to the Emancipation Proclamation. Of course, this was the declaration by President Abraham Lincoln that the slaves were being freed and that slavery itself was being abolished. Indeed, the South did not take kindly to that and it completely changed the tone of the Civil War. The questions that will be answered in this post will include the factors that led to its implementation, how it changed the nature of the Civil War, to what degree did the proclamation instigate emancipation, to what degree did it affirm a process that the slaves had already begun and whether the Union could have won the war without the Emancipation Proclamation having happened. While it is easy to nitpick things after the fact, the Emancipation Proclamation did indeed continue an already-started process but it also helped the Union win the Civil War to at least some degree.
As suggested by the question that is about to be answered, there were a number of factors that led to the Emancipation Proclamation coming to pass and its ensuing implementation. They included the fact that Lincoln believed that slavery was morally wrong, that slaves were used in the war efforts in the South and thus the Proclamation would be a way to mitigate that for the Union, the focus of the war effort shifted from preservation of the union to freeing the slaves as the battles wore on (at least in the minds of the Republicans of that day), that the freed slaves could actually be part of the Union effort against the South and even that the freed slaves could eventually be recolonized in Africa or Central America after the war for the benefit of both races. A lot of that happened but some of it, the last point in particular, did not end up happening (Borade, 2015).
This dynamic and course of events absolutely changed the tenor of the war. The Confederacy actively tried to seek international support and camaraderie from other nations. However, it was not forthcoming due to the moral nature of the war as espoused and posited by the Union. Indeed, even Britain and France put in support with the Union because they themselves had abolished slavery and they could not justify supporting a country (as short-lived as it was) that supported the…