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William Roberts, 1846 - 1876?  Search this
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Mathew B. Brady, 1823? - 15 Jan 1896  Search this
Abraham Lincoln, 12 Feb 1809 - 15 Apr 1865  Search this
Wood engraving with one tint on paper
Image: 49.8 × 37.4 cm (19 5/8 × 14 3/4")
Sheet: 55.5 × 44 cm (21 7/8 × 17 5/16")
Mat (Verified): 71.1 × 55.9 cm (28 × 22")
Exhibition Label:
Despite his personal distaste for slavery, Abraham Lincoln entered the presidency pledging to leave America’s "peculiar institution" untouched in those states where it existed. But by the summer of 1862, Lincoln had come to view the emancipation of all slaves within Confederate-held territory as both a military and a moral necessity. He shared a preliminary version of his Emancipation Proclamation with members of his cabinet in July, and released it publicly on September 22, 1862. Although Lincoln’s proclamation applied only to slaves within the rebellious states, Frederick Douglass declared that it had "thrown a moral bombshell in the Confederacy." When Lincoln signed the much-anticipated final version of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, it was widely regarded as "the death-warrant of slavery."
Produced to commemorate Lincoln’s historic edict, this decorative print includes the text of the Emancipation Proclamation, accompanied by contrasting images of war and peace, slavery and freedom.
Vehicle\Ship  Search this
Weapon\Gun\Rifle  Search this
Weapon\Sword  Search this
Nature & Environment\Animal\Horse  Search this
Nature & Environment\Animal\Dog  Search this
Symbols & Motifs\Flag  Search this
Symbols & Motifs\Flag\National\United States  Search this
Weapon\Cannon  Search this
Music\Musical instrument\Drum  Search this
Nature & Environment\Animal\Bird\Eagle  Search this
Weapon\Whip  Search this
Nature & Environment\Animal\Cow  Search this
Weapon\Gun\Bayonet  Search this
Tool\Anvil  Search this
Tool\Plow  Search this
Tool\Rake  Search this
Equipment\Scale  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Male  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Military\Soldier  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\President of US  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Environmentalist  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Merchant  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\US Congressman\Illinois  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\Government Official\Surveyor  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\State Senator\Illinois  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\Government Official\Postmaster  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Crafts and Trades\Boat builder  Search this
Portrait  Search this
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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