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Commemorative Print of the Emancipation Proclamation, 1864

Commemorative Print of the Emancipation Proclamation, 1864
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associated person
Lincoln, Abraham
R. A. Dimmick
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Object Name
broadside, illuminated
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
white with black type; yellow; blue; red; green (overall color)
overall: 22 in x 16 in; 55.88 cm x 40.64 cm
mat: 26 1/4 in x 20 1/2 in; 66.675 cm x 52.07 cm
Credit Line
Ralph E. Becker
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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, 1959
Currently not on view
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Political and Military History: Political History, Reform Movements Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
Selections from the Abraham Lincoln Collection
place made
United States: New York, New York City