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The National Archives offers unique online access to the original five-page handwritten version of the Emancipation Proclamation along with several helpful tools well-designed for classroom use. However, a transcript of the document can be found below with study questions interjected … Continue reading
The following men were key figures in the development of congressional confiscation policy, which emerged during the 37th Congress (1861-63) as the initial way that Republicans on Capitol Hill had hoped to emancipate slaves. The First Confiscation Act (August 6, … Continue reading
Abraham Lincoln hated slavery, but he always appeared to proceed cautiously about emancipation. Why? There are many possible answers to this profound question and all good students need to figure out for themselves what they believe best explains the evolution … Continue reading
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Here are copies of the handouts distributed by Matthew Pinsker at the Gilder Lehrman Institute “Lincoln and Emancipation” seminar at NYU, July 10-16, 2011: Monday, July 11 Constitution and Slavery Gettysburg Address (Hay Copy) Second Birth of Freedom Tuesday, July … Continue reading