President's Proclamation, The
DESCRIPTION: "John brown died on a scaffold for a slave... Now God avenges the life he gladly gave... Freedom reigns today." "John Brown lives -- we are gaining on our foes." "John Brown's soul not a higher joy can crave -- Freedom reigns today."
AUTHOR: Words: Edna Dean Proctor
EARLIEST DATE: 1960 (Silber-CivWarFull); almost certainly written 1862/1863
KEYWORDS: Civilwar Black(s) death execution memorial burial rebellion slavery
1862 - Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation
1863 - Emancipation Proclamation
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Silber-CivWarFull, p. 25, "The President's Proclamation" (1 text, tune referenced)
cf. "John Brown's Body" (tune) and references there
NOTES: It is one of history's noteworthy ironies that the Emancipation Proclamation, listed as freeing the slaves, did not immediately free any at all; it declared freedom only for the Blacks in rebel-controlled territories, who of course could not be freed until the lands were taken over. But it did change the course of the Civil War.
Of course, John Brown was a genuine fanatic, and he had very little to do with freeing anyway. - RBW
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