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Lincoln's Hundred Days: the Emancipation Proclamation and the War for The Union

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From Moses to Martin Luther King, the struggle for freedom has a long and storied history. As modern-day abolitionists we are informed and strengthened by our knowledge of other liberation movements. The abolition of slavery in the United States did not begin or end with the Emancipation Proclamation, but it was a critically important turning point. On the 150th anniversary of this famous document, come learn more about how it came to pass...

Author @ the Library:"Lincoln's Hundred Days: the Emancipation Proclamation and the War for The Union" with Louis P. Masur, Professor of American Studies and History at Rutgers University. (

Monday, March 4, 2013, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

PROGRAM LOCATION: Mid-Manhattan Library (Map and directions ( Fully accessible to wheelchairs

The FREE talk will be held in the Midtown Manhattan Branch of the New York Public Library, on Fifth Avenue diagonally across the street from "The Lions", in one of the upstairs rooms. Which floor should be posted by the elevators by the NYPL staff.

At the sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, this visual presentation seeks to restore the document’s reputation by exploring its evolution.

The author tells the full story of the critical period between September 22, 1862, when Lincoln issued his preliminary Proclamation, and January 1, 1863, when he signed the final, significantly altered, decree.

He presents a fresh portrait of Lincoln as a complex figure who worried about, listened to, debated, prayed for, and even joked with his country, and then followed his conviction in directing America toward a terrifying and thrilling unknown.