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Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) Facsimile of the Emancipation Proclamation

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04654 Author/Creator: Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) Place Written: Chicago, Illinois Type: Broadside Date: 1863 Pagination: 1 p. ; 86 x 60 cm.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04654 Author/Creator: Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) Place Written: Chicago, Illinois Type: Broadside Date: 1863 Pagination: 1 p. ; 86 x 60 cm.

Summary of Content: Large format facsimile of Lincoln's handwritten Emancipation Proclamation draft freeing the slaves in the Confederacy. Includes blind stamp of authenticity, "Emancipation Proclamation," in lower left corner. Printed by Edward Mendel, Chicago. Prints Lincoln's letter of 26 October 1863 to the ladies in charge of the Northwestern Fair for the Sanitary Commission.

People: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryPresidentPresidential Speeches and ProclamationsSlaveryEmancipationEmancipation ProclamationConfederate States of AmericaUS Sanitary CommissionWomen's HistoryCharity and PhilanthropyUnion ForcesAfrican American History

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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