Americans still argue about the causes and the meanings of the Civil War. We see this in the current debates over the Confederate battle flag, as well as with statues of Confederate soldiers and commanders. People answer these questions differently depending on where they live and how they understand the Civil War. The goal of this webquest has been to equip you with a deep understanding of the Emancipation Proclamation, how it affected the war's purpose, and its long-term effects.
To learn more about the Proclamation's lasting impact, Lincoln's reputation of the Great Emancipator, and to hear from former slaves themselves, take a look at the fantastic Backstory podcasts at https://www.backstoryradio.org/shows/henceforth-free/.