Yes, the premier jbjd’s Civics for Civilians Quiz (1) was tricky. I laud you for not urging me to make the wording more straightforward so as to increase the likelihood you will score better. Seeking to maintain parity with those who would exercise their mastery of words to steal political power, I have devised this second quiz with no less rigor required to understand the questions, as well as to discern the correct answers. Such attention to detail can be historically significant. For example, it explains the difference between those who would describe President Lincoln’s intentions at the time he delivered the Gettysburg Address in September, 1862 was to free the slaves; from those who would contend, he only intended to free slaves behind Confederate lines, that is, in states still in open rebellion against the union as of January 1863.
On July 22, 1862, Lincoln showed a draft of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation to his cabinet. It proposed to emancipate the slaves in all rebel areas on January 1, 1863. Secretary of State William H. Seward agreed with the proposal, but cautioned Lincoln to wait until the Union had a major victory before formally issuing the proclamation. Lincoln’s chance came after the Union victory at the Battle of Antietam in September of 1862. He issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation on September 22. The proclamation warned the Confederate states to surrender by January 1, 1863, or their slaves would be freed.
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