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Proclaiming Emancipation

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Today the Emancipation Proclamation is one of our nation’s critical documents. It symbolizes a remarkable turning point: slavery’s extinction in the United States became possible and indeed highly likely. Still, our views of that moment may be as varied as they were 150 years ago.

Proclaiming Emancipation explores reflections upon the Proclamation and the meaning of emancipation through the holdings of the William L. Clements Library, with select items from collaborating institutions.

Through an exploration of freedom, military service, executive power and visual representations, Proclaiming Emancipation pays tribute to a near-sacred document steeped in the logic of history and the imaginings of myth.
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Sponsored by the Program in Race, Law & History and the William L. Clements Library, in cooperation with the University of Michigan Library. Martha S. Jones and Clayton Lewis, curators.

PROCLAIMING EMANCIPATION has been made possible through the generous support of Faith (AB ‘69) and Stephen (AB ‘66, JD ‘69) Brown, and at the University of Michigan: College of Literature, Science and the Arts, Office of the Vice President for Research, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, Rackham Graduate School, Institute for the Humanities, Law in Slavery and Freedom Project, and the Understanding Race Theme Semester.
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