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Abraham Lincoln and EmancipationThis summary page offers a collection of resources on President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and related issues. You will find links to original manuscripts, commentary on Lincoln's role in emancipation, timelines, and other study materials.
For an excellent starting point, we suggest Mr. Lincoln and Freedom, a website from the Lincoln Institute. This will provide a context for the subject, from major events prior to the Civil War through the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment, which abolished slavery in America.
Emancipation Proclamation Text and ManuscriptsDistrict of Columbia Emancipation Act (National Archives)
Emancipation Proclamation Text*
Emancipation Proclamation Documents (National Archives)
Emancipation Proclamation Autographed Copy (University of Delaware)
First Draft of the Emancipation Proclamation (Library of Congress)
Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation (National Archives)
Virtual Visit: The Emancipation Proclamation (New York State Library)
Classroom AidsAbraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation (White House Historical Association)
Abraham Lincoln's Position on Slavery and Its Extension (USI)
Attitudes Toward Emancipation: Grades 9-12 (National Endowment for the Humanities)
Chronology of Emancipation During the Civil War (UMD)
Emancipation Proclamation Activity (HarpWeek)
Emancipation Proclamation Timeline (Library of Congress)
Emancipation Proclamation Timeline (Mr. Lincoln and Freedom)
Lincoln and Emancipation: High School Level (Abraham Lincoln Association)
CommentaryEmancipation Proclamation (Mr. Lincoln and Freedom)
Emancipation Proclamation Painting by Carpenter (U.S. Senate)
In Defense of the Great Emancipator (Edward Steers, Jr.)
History of the Emancipation Proclamation (The Lincoln Museum)
Lincoln and Race (UIS)
Lincoln and Race (USI)
Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation News Article (New York Times)
The Emancipation Proclamation: An Act of Justice (National Archives)
The Emancipation Proclamation: Bill of Lading or Ticket to Freedom? (History Now)
"The President's Proclamation" by Ralph Waldo Emerson (Making of America)
Thirteenth Amendment - Text and CommentaryThirteenth Amendment (Great American History)
Thirteenth Amendment (Mr. Lincoln and Freedom)
Thirteenth Amendment Signed Copy Acquired by Indiana Museum (The Lincoln Museum)
Abbreviated Reading ListCox, Lawanda C. Fenleson. Lincoln and Black Freedom: A Study in Presidential Leadership. University of South Carolina Press, 1994.
Franklin, John H. The Emancipation Proclamation. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday & Co., 1963.
Guelzo, Allen. Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America. Simon & Schuster, 2004.
Klingaman, William K. Abraham Lincoln and the Road to Emancipation. Reissue edition, Penguin USA, 2002.
*Indicates pages created by Abraham Lincoln Online
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