Happy New Year!

Happy 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln signing the Emancipation Proclamation!

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Like all great historical transformations, emancipation was a process, not a single event. It arose from many causes and was the work of many individuals. It began at the outset of the Civil War, when slaves sought refuge behind Union lines. It did not end until December 1865, with the ratification of the 13th Amendment, which irrevocably abolished slavery throughout the nation.

Eric Foner, “The Emancipation of Abe Lincoln,” New York Times (January 1, 2013).

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/01/opinion/the-emancipation-of-abe-lincoln.html

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About Donald R. Shaffer

Donald R. Shaffer is the author of _After the Glory: The Struggles of Black Civil War Veterans_ (Kansas, 2004), which won the Peter Seaborg Award for Civil War Scholarship in 2005. More recently he published (with Elizabeth Regosin), _Voices of Emancipation: Understanding Slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction through the U.S. Pension Bureau Files_ (2008). Dr. Shaffer teaches online exclusively (i.e., a virtual professor). He lives in Arizona and can be contacted at donald_shaffer@yahoo.com
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  1. Pingback: ESSAY: Foner on Lincoln & the Emancipation Proclamation | African Diaspora, Ph.D.

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