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Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) Emancipation Proclamation

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05508.272 Author/Creator: Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) Place Written: Chicago, Illinois Type: Broadsides Date: circa 1863-1864 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Rufus Blanchard edition. Signed in print by Abraham Lincoln as the President and William H. Seward as Secretary of State. The printer, Rufus Blanchard, states the importance of the Emancipation Proclamation in a footnote: "This Proclamation is an incalculable element of strength to the Union cause. It makes an alliance between the Rebels and Foreign States as impossible as it is for millions of Bondsmen to love slavery better than Freedom..." Border surrounding text includes pink flowers surrounded by green and red-tinted leaves. Background of text is images of stars. Mounted.

People: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Seward, William Henry, 1801-1872.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: President, Presidential Speeches & Proclamations, Emancipation, Emancipation Proclamation, Confederate States of America, Union Forces, Slavery, African American History, Freemen, Civil War

Sub Era: The American Civil War African Americans and Emancipation