It’s my 10th year anniversary of creating Egg Cracker. I’m commemorating it with a post for my favorite President Abraham Lincoln. What does Egg Cracker and Abraham Lincoln have in common? Not much, except Egg Cracker is the greatest egg cracking tool of all time. Abraham Lincoln, in my opinion was the greatest American President of all time. This year simply has me thinking of the 16th President of the United States. It’s wild to think about what he was dealing with on January 1, 1863. And below in this post are some of his serious issues. I want to thank all the people that have supported me over the years and have purchased Egg Crackers. Thank you.
Abraham Lincoln had the epic release party for the Emancipation Proclamation. They thought he was crazy for the idea of freeing the slaves. It was considered Ludacris (Luda!). No way. Even Lincoln’s friend Orville H. Browning said Lincolns Emancipation Proclamation, “is fraught with evil, and evil only.” The weight of freeing the slaves in America was heavily talked about and viewed by the world. I look back at the idea of slaves and really can’t imagine this type of thinking. Yet it happened and it was real. I shake my head and look at awe on Lincolns Stand in the face of no agreement. This is true leadership.
Lincoln’s Mic Drop moment: (taken from Carl Sandberg’s Abraham Lincoln biography) On the table a broad sheet was spread out before him. He dipped his pen in an inkstand while the pen was held in the air over the paper, he hesitated, looked around, and said; “I never, in my life, felt more certain that I was doing right, then I do in signing this paper. But I have been receiving calls and shaking hands since nine o’clock this morning, till my arm is stiff and numb. Now this signature is one that will be closely examined, and if they find my hand trembled they will say, ‘he had some compunctions.’ But anyway, it is going to be done.”
By the President of the United States of America:
Whereas, on the 22nd day of September, in the year of our Lord 1862, a proclamation was issued by the President of the United States, containing, among other things, the following, to wit:
“That on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State. The people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; and the Executive Government of the United States, including the military and naval authority thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons, and will do no act or acts to repress such persons, or any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual freedom.
“That the Executive will, on the first day of January aforesaid, by proclamation, designate the States and parts of States, if any, in which the people thereof, respectively, shall then be in rebellion against the United States; and the fact that any State, or the people thereof, shall on that day be, in good faith, represented in the Congress of the United States by members chosen thereto at elections wherein a majority of the qualified voters of such State shall have participated, shall, in the absence of strong countervailing testimony, be deemed conclusive evidence that such State, and the people thereof, are not then in rebellion against the United States.”
by virtue of the power in me vested as Commander-in-Chief, of the Army and Navy of the United States in time of actual armed rebellion against the authority and government of the United States, and as a fit and necessary war measure for suppressing said rebellion, do, on this first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and in accordance with my purpose so to do publicly proclaimed for the full period of one hundred days, from the day first above mentioned, order and designate as the States and parts of States wherein the people thereof respectively, are this day in rebellion against the United States, the following, to wit:
Arkansas, Texas…..and Norfolk, including the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth[)], and which excepted parts, are for the present, left precisely as if this proclamation were not issued.
By virtue of the power, and for the purpose aforesaid, I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated States, and parts of States, are, and henceforward shall be free. That the Executive government of the United States, including the military and naval authorities thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of said persons.
unless in necessary self-defence; I recommend to them that, in all cases when allowed, they labor faithfully for reasonable wages.
I further declare and make known, that such persons of suitable condition, will be received into the armed service of the United States. To garrison forts, positions, stations, and other places, and to man vessels of all sorts in said service.
And upon this act, sincerely believed to be an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution, upon military necessity, I invoke the considerate judgment of mankind, and the gracious favor of Almighty God.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the City of Washington, this first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty three, and of the Independence of the United States of America the eighty-seventh.
By the President: ABRAHAM LINCOLN
WILLIAM H. SEWARD, Secretary of State.