Given that we discussed the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam here last weekend, it's only fitting today to note the anniversary of that the document that came out of the bloodshed on that Maryland field. On September, 22 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.
To a crowd serenading him at the White House afterward, Lincoln offered this humble assessment: "I can only trust in God I have made no mistake. I shall make no attempt on this occasion to sustain what I have done or said by any comment. It is now for the country and the world to pass judgment on it...."