books.google.com - When Abraham Lincoln became president in March 1861, the United States was on the brink of the Civil War. Six states had already left the Union. The North and the South fought over the question of slavery. More than anything, Lincoln wanted to reunite the states. He refused to recognize the Confederacy...http://books.google.com/books/about/When_Were_the_First_Slaves_Set_Free_duri.html?id=HNY3O1UKeFQC&q=declare&utm_source=gb-gplus-shareWhen Were the First Slaves Set Free during the Civil War?