“That on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any state or designated part of a state, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free…”

From the Emancipation Proclamation, January 1st, 1863

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Abraham Lincoln

(Photo Credit: Library of Congress)

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