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Reading the Emancipation Proclamation to the Cabinet

Source: The Library of Congress

In July 1862, President Abraham Lincoln, third from left, delivered the first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation to his cabinet. The Proclamation freed all slaves in areas of rebellion and effectively codified abolition as a Union objective for the Civil War. It went into effect on January 1, 1963. The legacy of this document earned Lincoln a reputation as “The Great Emancipator.” 

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