The 150th Anniversary
This New Year’s Day past, we celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Perhaps we casually noted it more than celebrated it. The Proclamation is not the liberation raison d’etre it was posited to be in simplified elementary school presentations. It is a legal document reflecting the severely troubled political times it was crafted in. The Proclamation’s significance has waned in latter years as critics have thoroughly debunked it’s preeminence as civil rights legislation. Antiquated though it may seem, the Emancipation Proclamation continues to have great significance for the modern man.