Here’s tonight’s Final Jeopardy answer and question for Friday, November 4, 2016:
Final Jeopardy! category: HISTORIC DOCUMENTS
Final Jeopardy! clue/answer: William Seward objected to its timing, saying “it may be viewed as the last measure of an exhausted government”
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Chuck Dunn, a mathematics professor from Tigard, Oregon
||Donna Goldberg, a psychotherapist from West Hills, California
||Rachel Hopkins, a student from Middletown, Rhode Island (1-day total: $21,799)
What is the Emancipation Proclamation?
In Secretary Seward’s defense, he said this because he wanted the Union to achieve more military success prior to issuing the proclamation, lest it be viewed as the last resort and “a cry for help”. His pleas succeeded. Lincoln waited until after the Battle of Antietam stopped the Confederate advance upon Washington to issue the Emancipation Proclamation. The preliminary proclamation was issued on September 22, 1862, finalized on January 1, 1863.
You can view the Emancipation Proclamation and other important American documents at the National Archives website.
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