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Towards the end of his Second Annual Message to Congress in 1862, Abraham Lincoln implored his countrymen to remember that future generations would be looking back at the Civil War era: “Fellow-citizens, we can not escape history,” he wrote. “We of this Congress and this Administration will be remembered in spite of ourselves.” This year, those stirring words serve as …
On December 11, 2015, President Lincoln’s Cottage and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights commemorated the 13th Amendment’s 150th anniversary. Scholars Edna Greene Madford, Christian Samito, and Glen Rutherford talked about the amendment’s legacy in the Emancipation Room of President Lincoln’s Cottage. You can watch C-SPAN’s coverage of the event.
WHEN: Friday, December 11 TIME: 10am to 12pm Join President Lincoln’s Cottage and the United States Commission on Civil Rights on Friday, December 11 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment. Scholars Christian Samito, George Rutherglen, and Edna Greene Medford will discuss the historical, legal, and contemporary impact of the 13th Amendment. Their panel discussion will be followed by an audience. …
This post is part of our Black History Month blog series. In addition to freeing slaves in Confederate controlled areas, the Emancipation Proclamation’s biggest impact on the Civil War was that it expressly supported the recruitment and enlistment of black soldiers. Though there certainly was a mixed reaction to this measure in the Union Army, by no means did white …
President Lincoln’s Cottage is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation with a variety of programs, including: –The Emancipation at 150: The Impact of the Emancipation Proclamation, an anthology of the latest research on the Emancipation Proclamation, featuring the work of a dozen Lincoln scholars and government officials –special Emancipation-themed tours of the Cottage, the very site of the …
To commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Cottage opened “Can You Walk Away? Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking in the United States” in February 2012. This special exhibit challenges perceptions of slavery in America today and raises awareness of a growing humanitarian crisis. By posing the question, “Can you walk away?” this exhibit inspires people to engage …
The Development of Lincoln’s Views on Slavery Among President Lincoln’s many great acts and accomplishments, one of the most significant was the issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. By this act, he legally and formally initiated a profound shift in moral perception. The document was developed during the months that Lincoln spent at the Soldiers’ Home.