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The risk of continued political damage was a serious one, but a war that had taken such a heavy toll could only be redeemed by a new birth of freedom. On January 1, 1863, I signed the final Emancipation Proclamation. My hand was sore from shaking hands with hundreds of New Year’s Day guests, but steadying it to sign the document firmly I said, “If my name goes into history, it will be for this act.” From that day on, wherever Union troops were victorious, freedom for the slaves followed.

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