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The Way We Were: The Emancipation Proclamation in the DMV

Posted in Praising the Past by Publisher, Port Of Harlem Snippets on February 8th, 2013

By C.R. Gibbs

Unlike much of the northern urban press, major local newspapers, closer to slavery’s heartbeat, were less than enthusiastic about President’s Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.

• The Washington Daily National Intelligencer editorialized “…we expect no good. We shall be only too happy to find that no harm has been done by the present declaration of the Executive.”

• The Washington Star huffed that the proclamation was “void of practical effect.”

• Around the same time, The Talbot County Gazette, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, bemoaned the fact that the state seemed caught between “abolition and secession” and the disturbing tendency “of negroes in various parts of the state…to leave their masters and take refuge within Army lines.”

• Predictably, the Richmond Whig opined splenetically that Lincoln sought “with a dash of his pen to destroy four thousand millions of our property” and “for the slaves to rise in insurrection.” History tells us that the effect of the document was vastly different in each part of what is today known as the District, Maryland and Virginia (DMV).

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