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Rare copy of proclamation ending slavery shown (Emancipation Proclamation)
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Posted on 02/10/2007 9:32:04 PM PST by NormsRevenge

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A museum on Thursday unveiled a rare copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, a document signed in 1863 by President Abraham Lincoln declaring the end of slavery in the United States.

The document is one of about 24 known copies to survive out of 48 that were originally printed. It was acquired on behalf of The National Constitution Center museum from an unnamed private collector.

"This is one of the rarest, most valuable, most significant documents in history," president of the non-profit museum Joseph Torsella told a news conference. "With the possible exception of the Declaration of Independence, no document has had a more profound impact on the American vision of liberty."

Torsella declined to say how much was paid for the document, saying only that it was a "very significant sum." It was acquired by board member Steven Galbraith and will be on loan to the museum, where it will be on display until 2017.

Lincoln signed the proclamation on January 1, 1863, two years into the American Civil War, and in so doing authorized the freeing of slaves in rebel states.

The document contains the entire text of the proclamation and was originally intended for sale at a Philadelphia fair in 1864 to raise money for sick and wounded soldiers. Each copy, with Lincoln's original signature, sold for $10 at the time.

The document will be on display for the final 10 days of February to mark Black History Month and then be withdrawn before going back on show this summer.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: emancipation; proclamation; rarecopy; slavery

A close-up of a rare copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by late U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, is displayed at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 8, 2007. A museum on Thursday unveiled a rare copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, a document signed in 1863 by Lincoln declaring the end of slavery in the United States. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer (UNITED STATES)


1 posted on 02/10/2007 9:32:07 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

A close-up of late U.S. President Abraham Lincoln's signature on a rare copy of the Emancipation Proclamation being displayed at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 8, 2007. A museum on Thursday unveiled a rare copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, a document signed in 1863 by Lincoln declaring the end of slavery in the United States. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer (UNITED STATES)


2 posted on 02/10/2007 9:32:44 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......)
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To: NormsRevenge
A museum on Thursday unveiled a rare copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, a document signed in 1863 by REPUBLICAN President Abraham Lincoln declaring the end of slavery in the United States.
3 posted on 02/10/2007 9:39:35 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (I don't have any reason to be cynical, but...)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

Well....I'll....be.....listening to our Saviour Obama today, I'd a thought ole Abe was a Democrat!


4 posted on 02/10/2007 9:43:11 PM PST by goodnesswins (We need to cure Academentia)
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To: goodnesswins
To the Left, the future is known, and the past is always changing.
5 posted on 02/10/2007 9:46:04 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (I don't have any reason to be cynical, but...)
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Emancipation Proclamation
January 1, 1863
By the President of the United States of America:
A Proclamation.
Whereas, on the twenty second day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty two, a proclamation was issued by the President of the United States, containing, among other things, the following, towit:

“That on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; and the Executive Government of the United States, including the military and naval authority thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons, and will do no act or acts to repress such persons, or any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual freedom.

“That the Executive will, on the first day of January aforesaid, by proclamation, designate the States and parts of States, if any, in which the people thereof, respectively, shall then be in rebellion against the United States; and the fact that any State, or the people thereof, shall on that day be, in good faith, represented in the Congress of the United States by members chosen thereto at elections wherein a majority of the qualified voters of such State shall have participated, shall, in the absence of strong countervailing testimony, be deemed conclusive evidence that such State, and the people thereof, are not then in rebellion against the United States.”

Now, therefore I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, by virtue of the power in me vested as Commander-in-Chief, of the Army and Navy of the United States in time of actual armed rebellion against authority and government of the United States, and as a fit and necessary war measure for suppressing said rebellion, do, on this first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty three, and in accordance with my purpose so to do publicly proclaimed for the full period of one hundred days, from the day first above mentioned, order and designate as the States and parts of States wherein the people thereof respectively, are this day in rebellion against the United States, the following, towit:

Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, (except the Parishes of St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson, St. Johns, St. Charles, St. James[,] Ascension, Assumption, Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Mary, St. Martin, and Orleans, including the City of New-Orleans) Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South-Carolina, North-Carolina, and Virginia, (except the fortyeight counties designated as West Virginia, and also the counties of Berkley, Accomac, Northampton, Elizabeth-City, York, Princess Ann, and Norfolk, including the cities of Norfolk & Portsmouth [) ]; and which excepted parts are, for the present, left precisely as if this proclamation were not issued.

And by virtue of the power, and for the purpose aforesaid, I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated States, and parts of States, are, and henceforward shall be free; and that the Executive government of the United States, including the military and naval authorities thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of said persons.

And I hereby enjoin upon the people so declared to be free to abstain from all violence, unless in necessary self-defence; and I recommend to them that, in all cases when allowed, they labor faithfully for reasonable wages.

And I further declare and make known, that such persons of suitable condition, will be received into the armed service of the United States to garrison forts, positions, stations, and other places, and to man vessels of all sorts in said service.

And upon this act, sincerely believed to be an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution, upon military necessity, I invoke the considerate judgment of mankind, and the gracious favor of Almighty God.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty three, and of the Independence of the United States of America the eighty-seventh.

By the President: ABRAHAM LINCOLN


6 posted on 02/10/2007 9:48:45 PM PST by Repeal The 17th
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
Every time I mention Lincoln being a Republican to people they sneer and babble on about how being a Republican THEN was different, and thus the point is supposedly meaningless.

They just sneer without comment when I mention that being a Democrat when JFK was president meant being against high taxes and being pro-defense, too.

7 posted on 02/10/2007 9:49:15 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (Republican, Bostonian, Bush supporter, atheist, pro-lifer)
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To: NormsRevenge
A museum on Thursday unveiled a rare copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, a document signed in 1863 by President Abraham Lincoln declaring the end of slavery in the United States.

Then why did we need the 13th Amendment?

8 posted on 02/10/2007 9:51:34 PM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: Darkwolf377

Kennedy was more to the right than any Republican president since Reagan.


9 posted on 02/10/2007 9:54:53 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (I don't have any reason to be cynical, but...)
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To: Repeal The 17th
"...all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free;..."

The "emancipation proclamation" refers to the document in which Mr. Lincoln "freed" the slaves that were being held in a foreign country (The CSA).
When did he actually free the slaves that were being held in the United States?
10 posted on 02/10/2007 9:55:24 PM PST by Repeal The 17th
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To: NormsRevenge

Go get em Rev. Perryman!

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Taking back history!


11 posted on 02/10/2007 10:06:01 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Repeal The 17th
You wrote, "The "emancipation proclamation" refers to the document in which Mr. Lincoln "freed" the slaves that were being held in a foreign country (The CSA)."

The CSA was never a foreign country because it was never a country. Its diplomats sought recognition as a distinct nation-state by the then-Great Powers, but never attained that recognition. Note that the Civil War was an attempt to secede from the United States. Secession was never accomplished. Guess what the biggest hurdle to such international recognition was, aside from President Lincoln's own initiatives in that regard? Go on, guess. Oh, yeah, that's right: slavery.

Even Czarist Russia, not known for its advanced ideals and egalitarian notions, had freed the serfs.
12 posted on 02/10/2007 10:46:15 PM PST by Rembrandt_fan
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To: FreedomCalls

To make it the law of the land, since slavery was part of the original Constitution.


13 posted on 02/10/2007 11:11:19 PM PST by GoLightly
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To: GoLightly

$10 in 1863 - woulda bought a helluva car!


14 posted on 02/10/2007 11:18:04 PM PST by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
To the Left, the future is known, and the past is always changing.

Brilliant!

15 posted on 02/10/2007 11:20:54 PM PST by EternalVigilance ("With Republicans like these, who needs Democrats?")
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To: Wally_Kalbacken

Car? In 1863? Someone elsewhere copied an ad from a paper of that era & a prime buck (slave) was going for $6000.

I'm wondering what one of my ancestors could have bought in 1863 that would qualify to be sold at "an undisclosed amount". Cha ching!


16 posted on 02/10/2007 11:29:03 PM PST by GoLightly
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To: Rembrandt_fan
And you said: "...Note that the Civil War was an attempt to secede from the United States. Secession was never accomplished..."

I disagree.
The southern states did in fact, secede from the union and they did in fact, establish a new nation.
That new nation was then invaded by the United States,
and forced to become a part of the "New" United States,
a place in which we now live.
As different a nation from the "Old" United States as night and day.

I suppose you believe that if a wife walks away from her husband
and he then pursues her and beats her and forces her to return to "the marriage"
that everything is then just as it was before.
You would say she didn't really leave the marriage in the first place,
because her attempt to leave was ultimately unsuccessful?

17 posted on 02/10/2007 11:30:32 PM PST by Repeal The 17th
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To: GoLightly
To make it the law of the land, since slavery was part of the original Constitution.

As president, Lincoln couldn't deprive citizens of their lawfully-obtained property, which freeing the slaves would have done, without compensation. Even if Congress passed a law, the Constitution would have required some form of compensation. As commander in chief, Lincoln could free the slaves in areas that were occupied and under martial law.

18 posted on 02/10/2007 11:39:48 PM PST by ReignOfError (`)
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To: ReignOfError
Even if Congress passed a law, the Constitution would have required some form of compensation.

When the amendment was passed, were the slave owners in non-secession states paid for their loss of "property"?

19 posted on 02/10/2007 11:45:59 PM PST by GoLightly
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To: GoLightly
When the amendment was passed, were the slave owners in non-secession states paid for their loss of "property"?

No. That's why it had to be done by constitutional amendment -- something that's part of the Constitution cannot be unconstitutional.

20 posted on 02/11/2007 12:24:23 AM PST by ReignOfError (`)
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To: Repeal The 17th

Slaves held in non-seceding states and other U.S. territories were freed when the Thirteenth Amendment was ratified in Jan. 1865.


21 posted on 02/11/2007 12:25:10 AM PST by rabscuttle385 (Sic Semper Tyrannis * Allen for U.S. Senate in '08)
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To: ReignOfError
"occupied and under martial law"
22 posted on 02/11/2007 2:48:44 AM PST by BenLurkin
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To: NormsRevenge

The democrats were passing pro slavery laws and pro apartheid laws while this great, courageous man laid his life on the line to end the stupidity of slavery.


23 posted on 02/11/2007 3:01:23 AM PST by tkathy (Sectarian violence? Or genocidal racists? Which is a better description of islamists?)
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To: FreedomCalls
"Then why did we need the 13th Amendment?"

Thy emancipation proclamation only declared the slaves in the southern (rebel) states to be free. It was a blatantly political document designed to solidify support in the northern states. To declare it "one of the rarest, most valuable, most significant documents in history" is patently absurd.

24 posted on 02/11/2007 5:54:30 AM PST by norwaypinesavage
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To: NormsRevenge

Thanks for posting. I have a copy of a Sept 30, 1862 Sentinel of Freedom with a complete printing of the Proclamation signed in type by Lincoln. It was one of the first newspaper printings.


25 posted on 02/11/2007 6:50:22 AM PST by MACVSOG68
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To: FreedomCalls
Then why did we need the 13th Amendment?

The Proclamation applied only to the states in rebellion, because Lincoln correctly believed that only a constitutional amendment was of sufficient legality to free the slaves nationwide. He floated the Proclamation more than 3 months before making it official to get feedback on it because he believed it was likely even that lacked legality. He was instrumental in pushing the 13th Amendment through both houses of Congress, but did not live to see it ratified.

26 posted on 02/11/2007 6:54:31 AM PST by MACVSOG68
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To: NormsRevenge
It did NOT end slavery in the United States. It set slaves free in states that were at war with FedGov. It was a desperate military move and an attempt to create a slave insurrection in the Confederate States.

Read it for yourself! Don't go for the wildly inaccurate Reuters headline.

all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; and the Executive Government of the United States, including the military and naval authority thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons, and will do no act or acts to repress such persons, or any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual freedom

27 posted on 02/11/2007 8:13:28 AM PST by Jack Black
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
A museum on Thursday unveiled a rare copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, a document signed in 1863 by REPUBLICAN President Abraham Lincoln declaring the end of slavery in the United States.

Did the Republican party of 1863 represent the same beliefs as the party does now?

28 posted on 02/23/2007 7:08:25 AM PST by CJ-50
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