by Jim Hoft January 1, 2013 Another Great moment in Republican Party History. On this day in 1863 Republicans freed the slaves. Republicans rejoiced. Democrats cursed. Grand Old Partisan reported: On New Year’s Day in 1863, the Republican Party’s Emancipation Proclamation came into effect. While Republicans rejoiced, Democrat politicians and newspapers denounced President Abraham Lincoln (R-IL) for freeing slaves. Demonstrating their depravity, New York’s Gov. Horatio Seymour, who would be the 1868 Democrat presidential nominee, denounced the Emancipation Proclamation. Read more: 150 Years Ago Today… Republicans Freed the Slaves | The Gateway Pundit Today Maobama, the Senate and Congress enslaved all Americans.