The Republican Party was formed in 1854 by people who opposed slavery. The Emancipation Proclamation, an order issued to all segments of the Executive branch (including the Army and Navy) by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, during the American Civil War, put an end to slavery in the United States. Republicans such as Abraham Lincoln, Susan B Anthony and Martin Luther King represented an expression of conservative ideals as true and relevant today as they were in the 19th century. Republicans have fought to end discrimination in all forms while holding true to moral values. Republicans continue to believe that no one should ever discriminate based on race, sex, ethnicity or national origin, language, income level, religion, age, or disability.