Emancipation Proclamation Photos

Abraham Lincoln's position upon his election to President was not for the abolition of slavery, but rather that it should not expand. However, after a year of Civil War, many took the position that allowing slavery to continue was aid & comfort to the South. If slaves knew they would be returned if they escaped, then they would not act in the North's interest. After great debate Lincoln & his cabinet finally issued a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation freeing the slaves on Sept. 22, 1862 & then a stronger version Jan. 1, 1863 which ordered U.S. troops to take an active role in releasing slaves.

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Copy of Emancipation Proclamation at Historical Museum of Iowa. Des Moines, IA.Engraving of First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation after F.B. Carpenter's 1864 painting at Hoover Museum. West Branch, IA.Diorama of debate over Emancipation Proclamation at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. Springfield, IL.Statue of Abraham Lincoln holding Emancipation Proclamation by Larkin G. Mead at Lincoln's Tomb. Springfield, IL.
Copy of Emancipation Proclamation (1862) at Historical Museum of Iowa. Des Moines, IA.Engraving of First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation after F.B. Carpenter's 1864 painting at Hoover Museum. West Branch, IA.Diorama of debate over Emancipation Proclamation at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. Springfield, IL.Statue of Abraham Lincoln holding Emancipation Proclamation (1874) by Larkin G. Mead at Lincoln's Tomb. Springfield, IL.
Knott House porch where Union General Edward McCook read the Emancipation Proclamation on May 20th, 1865 freeing the slaves of Florida's Panhandle. Tallahassee, FL.Emancipation Memorial of Lincoln freeing slaves. Washington, DC.Emancipation Memorial of Lincoln freeing slaves. Washington, DC.Stained glass Abraham Lincoln freeing the slaves in Heinz Chapel. Pittsburgh, PA.
Knott House porch where Union General Edward McCook read the Emancipation Proclamation on May 20th, 1865 freeing the slaves of Florida's Panhandle. Tallahassee, FL.Emancipation Memorial of Lincoln freeing the slaves paid for by donations from freed slaves. Washington, DC.Lincoln Emancipation Memorial (1876) by Thomas Bell in Lincoln Park east of the Capitol Hill. Washington, DC.Stained glass Abraham Lincoln freeing the slaves in Heinz Chapel. Pittsburgh, PA.

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