Vintage print circa 1862 depicting US President Abraham Lincoln being kissed on the hand by a freed slave.
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Dimensions:3679 x 4656 px | 31.1 x 39.4 cm | 12.3 x 15.5 inches | 300dpi
Vintage print circa 1862 entitled "Emancipation of the Slaves" and depicting US President Abraham Lincoln being kissed on the hand by a freed slave after the Emancipation Proclamation issued on September 22 1862. The Proclamation ultimately consisted of two Presidential Executive Orders. The first, issued on September 22 1862, declared the freedom of all slaves in any Confederate states that did not return to Union control by January 1 1863. The second, issued on January 1 1863, named 10 specific states where it would apply. The proclamation did not actually make slavery in itself illegal but was a major step towards its abolition. Slavery was ultimately abolished and prohibited under the Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution adopted on December 6 1865. Lincoln (1809 - 1865) was the 16th President (1861 - 1865) and the first to be assassinated. Print published by J Waeshle.