Celebrating a REPUBLICAN President signing the Emancipation Proclamation, on this day 153 years ago

Grand Old Partisan celebrates the Republican Party’s Emancipation Proclamation going into effect on New Year’s Day 1863.  While Republicans rejoiced, Democrat politicians and newspapers denounced President Abraham Lincoln (R-IL) for freeing slaves.

Demonstrating their depravity, New York’s Gov. Horatio Seymour, who would be the 1868 Democrat presidential nominee, denounced the Emancipation Proclamation as “a proposal for the butchery of women and children.”  The Louisville Daily Democrat called it “an outrage of all constitutional law, all human justice, all Christian feeling.”

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