27 September 2013 Blogs

This week in history: Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation (part 2)

This is part 2 in a series noting the anniversary of President Lincoln's issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Looking for another point of view on the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of slavery?

This is part 2 in a series noting the anniversary of President Lincoln's issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation. 

Beyond Black Studies Center, and History Vault’s Slavery and the Law module, another critically acclaimed resource from ProQuest on this topic is Black Abolitionist Papers. While Slavery and the Law focuses on the lives of Southerners, Black Abolitionist Papers comprehensively details the work of almost 300 Black abolitionists in the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, France and Germany.

Searching on “Emancipation Proclamation” within Black Abolitionist Papers brings back 84 results, some of which document the community meetings that occurred across the United States both before and after Lincoln’s September 22, 1862, preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. Here is the first page from an article from the Liberator newspaper describing an “Emancipation Day” meeting in Boston on January 1, 1863.

One month prior to giving this address in Boston on Emancipation Day, William Cooper Nell was reaching out to his friends requesting their financial support of the Emancipation Day celebration, as seen in this December 2, 1862, letter from Nell to Francis W. Bird.

ProQuest offers researchers several perspectives on the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of slavery in the United States.

What will your researchers discover when they use these fascinating records?