The Emancipation Proclamation

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IN VIEW of the fact that the text of this work has beenextensively documented, it does not seem necessary to provide a definitive bibliography, source by source. Instead, it would seem to be more desirable to indicate here some of the more important sources for one who would seek further information anddiscussion about the Emancipation Proclamation. Most of thesesources have been cited; some have not. All have been extremelyvaluable in any treatment of the Emancipation Proclamation.

The three different drafts of the Emancipation Proclamation are in three different places. The draft of July 22,1862, is in the Library of Congress; that of September 22, 1862, is inthe New York State Library; and the photographic reproduction of the draft of January 1, 1863, is in the National Archives.The most important source of official Washington is, ofcourse, Abraham Lincoln. The edition of his CollectedWorks, edited by Roy Basler in seven volumes ( New Brunswick, 1953) isby far the most satisfactory. Two members of Lincoln's Cabinet haveleft extensive diaries and autobiographical materials that are most helpful. They are the Chase papers in the Library of Congress and his diaries Inside Lincoln's Cabinet: The Civil War Diariesof Salmon P. Chase, edited by David Donald ( New York, 1954) and the first volume of the Diary of Gideon Welles( Boston, 1911). One of Lincoln'ssecretaries kept a valuable account of the President's activities and problems that may be consultedin

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