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Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) Emancipation Proclamation [California printing, Cheesman copy]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00742 Author/Creator: Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) Place Written: San Francisco, California Type: Document signed Date: 1 January 1863 Pagination: 1p. ; 67 x 52 cm.

Summary of Content: One of three color lithographic broadsides. Printed by L. Nagel and copyright by "F.S. Butler, 1864." Presented to Lincoln for signing by David Williams Cheesman. Signed on back: "Property of Mrs. Maria Cheesman/ Phoenix/ Oregon." See Eberstadt, "Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation," New Colophon (2d Series, 1950) no. 19. The broadside, according to Eberstadt, was "executed by a fourteen-year-old boy. Benjamin F. Butler, who was a California pioneer of 1849 and established the first lithographing plant on the West Coast, may have been the boy's father." (p. 337)

People: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Slavery, Emancipation, Emancipation Proclamation, President African American History, Law, Government and Civics, Printing

Sub Era: The American Civil War African Americans and Emancipation