(except the Parishes of St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson, St. John, St. Charles, St. James Ascension, Assumption, Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Mary, St. Martin, and Orleans, including the City of New Orleans)

from Abraham Lincoln – The Emancipation Proclamation on Rap Genius

Meaning

These Parishes (Louisianan counties) were already under the control of the Union Army at the time of the Proclamation, thus exempting them from emancipating their slaves.

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