On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation freeing three quarters of the slaves in the United States.  However, the proclamation only freed those slaves in rebel states. To attain freedom, slaves still had to escape to the Union. Students consider whether Lincoln freed the slaves, or the slaves freed themselves by comparing excerpts from the Emancipation Proclamation and The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass.

Image: Illustration of African-American Union soldier reading the Emancipation Proclamation made by J.W. Watts in 1864. From the Library of Congress.


thank you!
The Nat Geographic youtube video is not accessible outside of the USA, I use this one:
Thank you. This is a great alternative. I will use this!
To those looking for good videos to supplement the dead link on the PDF, here is one I use:
To replace one video that was missing I used a YouTube clip. There are tons of good educational clips on there now. I found this on Youtube, and it is a suitable replacement: Voices of the Civil War Episode 12: "Emancipation Proclamation."
Hi haysnicholas! Thank you for your comment. We're aware that some videos have been removed from Discovery Education. We're not sure why this is, and we recognize that the inability to access the video clips must be frustrating. The videos are intended to establish relevant background information, and as such can be readily substituted by a) a lecture, b) the textbook, or c) another segment of video. In short, the particular clips that we have selected are not essential to the lessons. We're hoping to eventually phase out all of the Discovery Education videos by replacing them with more accessible videos, mini-lectures, or background readings.
The link is dead for the United Streaming Video Segment. I'm still going to do the lesson using the background reading only, unless somebody has another link to a related video.
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