The Emancipation Proclamation took effect on Jan. 1, 1863.
Who did it “emancipate”? And who gets credited?
As Rethinking Schools editor Bill Bigelow wrote for the Zinn Education Project “If We Knew Our History” column “Rethinkin’ Lincoln”:
With rare exceptions — like the American Social History Project/Center for Media & Learning, CUNY’s fine Freedom’s Unfinished Revolution — middle and high school textbooks fail to credit the real anti-slavery heroes in this story: the enslaved themselves, along with their Black and white abolitionist allies.
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