President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. That means New Year’s Day of 2017 marked 154 years since its issuance. This important historical document was issued near the end of the Civil War. It helped the United States to end the war and abolish slavery. But did you know that President Lincoln issued a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862? Or that his advisors initially opposed the document?