The Emancipation Proclamation

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EPILOGUE
End of Unrequited Toil

March 4, 1865, was a dark, dreary, gusty day inthe nation's capital, but the future of the nation seemed bright. Arkansas, Louisiana, Maryland, and Missouri had abolished slavery by act of their legislatures. Congress had passed the resolution that, before the end of the year, was to become the Thirteenth Amendment. The President still favored compensation to the owners of emancipated slaves, but the hearing he received from his Cabinet in 1865was no more sympathetic than the one he received in 1862.The Confederate armies were in flight, and the end of the war was in sight.

As the inaugural party took its place on the Capitol portico, the assembled throng could see the complete dome with the bronze statue of Freedom at long last adorning it. Meanwhile, the President and his party could look out on a crowd that was the most unique that had ever attended the inauguration of an American President. There were not only white Americans but Negro Americans-free Negro Americans -- as well. It was a moving sight, thesignificance of which was not lost on President Lincoln. Looking out over the crowd, he caught the eye of the distinguished Negro leader, Frederick Douglass, whomhe

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The Emancipation Proclamation
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • Prologue - Time of Decision ix
  • Chapter One - The Precedents and the Pressures 1
  • Chapter Two - The Decision and the Writing 31
  • Chapter Three - The Hundred Days 58
  • Chapter Four - Day of Days 94
  • Charter Five - Victory More Certain 136
  • Epilogue - End of Unrequited Toil 155
  • Sources 157
  • Notes 163
  • Index 175
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