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The Emancipation Proclamation

The Emancipation Proclamation
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Adalbert John Volck, 14 Apr 1828 - 26 Mar 1912
Abraham Lincoln, 12 Feb 1809 - 15 Apr 1865
Transfer lithograph on paper
Image: 13.4 × 18 cm (5 1/4 × 7 1/16")
Sheet: 24.4 × 30.5 cm (9 5/8 × 12")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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This satirical sketch casts President Lincoln in league with the devil as he drafts the Emancipation Proclamation. Signed on New Year’s Day 1863, the proclamation freed all slaves in the Confederate states. The pictures on the wall purport to show Lincoln in sympathy with radical abolitionist John Brown and with the bloody slave revolt that took place in Santo Domingo at the turn of the nineteenth century.
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