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Commemorative Print of the Emancipation Proclamation, 1864

@ National Museum of American History

Lincoln, Abraham R. A. Dimmick


In the summer of 1862, Lincoln drafted an executive order on slavery. Published in September, it declared that, as of January 1, 1863, all persons held in slavery in areas still in rebellion would be “then, thenceforward, and forever free.” Although the Emancipation Proclamation did not directly free any enslaved people in Union-controlled areas, it was widely understood that a Union victory would mean the end of slavery.Publishers throughout the North printed decorative copies of the Emancipation Proclamation after its enactment. R. A. Dimmick published this engraving in 1864.Gift of Ralph E. Becker, 1959Currently not on view
Paper (Overall Material)White With Black Type; Yellow; Blue; Red; Green (Overall Color)
Ralph E. Becker
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