The preliminary Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Lincoln on September 22, 1862, days following the Battle of Antietam. It became effective January 1, 1863 as the nation entered its third year of civil war, forever changing the course of the war. Without question, the Emancipation Proclamation is one of the great American documents
In a program sponsored by the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, three of the foremost Lincoln scholars gathered to interpret, evaluate,
and remember the Emancipation Proclamation at
its 150th anniversary:
Edna Greene Medford, history department chair at Howard University, specializing in 19th-century African American history.
founding chair of the Lincoln Forum and recently retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island.
Harold Holzer, a leading authority on Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War, senior vice president for government relations and public affairs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
by James I. Robertson, Jr.
hosted by Lynwood J. Evans
Virginia Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the American Civil War