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The first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation before the cabinet

Five months after Lincoln banned slavery in D.C., he sat down to write the Proclamation of Freedom

CREDIT: Ritchie, Alexander Hay, engraver. "The first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation before the cabinet," 1866. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. Reproduction Number LC-USZ62-2070 DLC.



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