According to the article entitled "Emancipation Proclamation, 1863":
"Although the Emancipation Proclamation did not immediately free a single slave, it captured the hearts and imagination of millions of African Americans, and fundamentally transformed the character of the war from a war for the Union into a war for freedom."
The transformation was a success politically but in reality the "emancipated" slaves were labeled as "contraband". Their fate was not freedom but rather a new type of slavery through exploitation.
Information found in a paper entitled "Civil War in the Delta: Environment, Race and the 1863 Helena Campaign" states:
"By early June 1861, all of the compa…