Today in History–September 22–the Library of Congress features the Emancipation Proclamation. On this day in 1862, just over five months after signing an act abolishing slavery in the District of Columbia, President Abraham Lincoln issued a preliminary version of this historic act, which was officially proclaimed on January 1, 1863. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access a treasure trove of related primary sources.
- Emancipation Proclamation Correspondence – Historical Analysis and Interpretation Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress Critical Thinking Collection Connections
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Timely Connections: Frederick Douglass & the Emancipation Memorial learning activity