Today in Michigan History

February 24, 1863

Michigan supported the Emancipation Proclamation.

Governor Austin Blair supported a joint resolution of the legislature that “unreservedly” approved President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and declared that Michigan was “unalterably opposed to any terms of compromise and accommodation with the rebels, while under arms, and acting in hostility to the government of the Union, and on this we express but one sentiment—unconditional submission and obedience to the laws and constitution of the Union.”

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