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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08008 Author/Creator: Place Written: Washington D.C. Type: Manuscript document signed Date: 1863/12/01 Pagination: 15 p. + doc. 35.2 cm x 21.2 cm

Summary of Content: Address to President Lincoln regarding the Freedman's Bureau.

People: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Government and CivicsCivil WarMilitary HistoryPresidentAfrican American HistorySlaveryFreemen

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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