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Emancipation Proclamation

On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued an order to the Executive Branch proclaiming all those enslaved in Confederate territory to be forever free.

The Emancipation Proclamation - View the Document

View the Emancipation Proclamation online.

The Emancipation Proclamation - Images

This print shows a reenactment of Abraham Lincoln signing the Emancipation Proclamation on July 22, 1862, painted by Francis B. Carpenter at the White House in 1864.

Depicted, from left to right are: Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War, Salmon P. Chase, Secretary of the Treasury, President Lincoln, Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, Caleb B. Smith, Secretary of the Interior, William H. Seward, Secretary of State, Montgomery Blair, Postmaster General, and Edward Bates, Attorney General. Simon Cameron and Andrew Jackson are featured as paintings.

Engraved by Alexander Hay Ritchie from a painting by F.B. Carpenter

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