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Topics in Chronicling America - The Emancipation Proclamation

Riding on the crest of the Antietam victory, President Lincoln boldly mandates the freedom of all American slaves. Interpreted by Southerners as an unconstitutional and “gross outrage upon the rights of private property” and by abolitionists as a pivotal step for human rights, the Emancipation Proclamation commands an undeniable importance for the civil war and beyond. Read more about it!

The information and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection ( Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.

Notice of the Emancipation Proclamation from the The Alleghenian, September 25, 1862

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Important Dates:

  • September 22, 1862 Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation is issued.
  • January 1, 1863 President Lincoln signs and issues the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the slaves in the Confederate states.

Suggested Search Strategies:

  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln, slaves, free, freedom.
  • It is important to use a specific date range if looking for articles for a particular event.
  • Use the Advanced Search to find the words emancipation and proclamation in proximity to each other.

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