Emancipation Proclamation

This is a handwritten copy of the Emancipation Proclamation. President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, as the nation approached its third year of bloody civil war. The proclamation declared "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free."

Date:
1862
Original Format:
Document
Item#:
1860.0235a
Height:
3168px
Width:
2108px
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