Emancipation Proclamation

The Emancipation Proclamation opened the door for Pennsylvania's African-American soldiers

The scene was wild and grand. Read more >>

The prairie lawyer president and outspoken abolitionist formed an unusual friendship

At dusk in early April 1866, a large crowd filed into Representatives Hall of the imposing Illinois Capitol in Springfield. Just 11 months earlier, President Lincoln’s rapidly blackening body had lain here in state as thousands of townspeople had filed past to say goodbye. Read more >>

The Vigil That Put an End to Slavery

The crowded, torchlit, tension-filled scene above hangs today in the White House room in which Abraham Lincoln affixed his signature to the Emancipation Proclamation—using a gold nib and writing carefully so that no one, seeing a hesitant line, could ever say Read more >>

Without doubt they were Washington, who walked carefully within the Constitution, and Lincoln, who stretched it as far as he dared