The Emancipation Proclamation


2013 marks the 150th anniversary of The Emancipation Proclamation, an order issued by President Abraham Lincoln to the executive branch of government, declaring all enslaved persons living in Confederate territory to be free.

And while issuing the order didn’t immediately change day-to-day life for most slaves for many months or years to come, the symbolic effect was powerful. About the document, Lincoln said, “I never, in my life, felt more certain that I was doing right than I do in signing this paper.”

Learn a bit more about the voice of Lincoln with the video below.


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