THE NEW EMANCIPATION
AND UPON this act, sincerely believed to be an
act of justice, warranted by the Constitution,
upon military necessity, I invoke the consid-
erate judgment of mankind and the gracious
favor of Almighty God."
These are the concluding words of the
Emancipation Proclamation issued by Abra-
ham Lincoln January first, 1863.
The events that led up to it and the events that flow
from it are the mightiest with which this nation has had
They overshadow and outweigh all questions and con-
siderations of "tariffs," "monetary standards," "direct pri-
maries," "referendums," etc. Here are involved those great
and fundamental questions upon which the Republic must
stand or fall, to its last foundation stone.
It is not simply "an act of justice." It is an act of Al-
mighty God-that all men are, and should be free. To
interfere with this is to usurp the sovereignty which God
has conferred upon man on the earth.
That all men should have freedom of thought, freedom
for the development of their powers and the exercise of
their abilities and freedom to make their contribution to
society of the highest and best that is in them, and thus