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Image of a painting of Abraham Lincoln on horseback in front of the U.S. Capitol after signing the Emancipation Proclamation.

Paving the Way to the Emancipation Proclamation: 19 Key Events

The Emancipation Proclamation, issued by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, marked a turning point in American history. This momentous document declared that all enslaved people in the states currently in rebellion against the Union were “then, thenceforward, and forever free.” However, the path to this historic proclamation was […]