The New York Times Prints the Emancipation Proclamation for the First Time
Newspaper[Emancipation Proclamation]. New York Times. Vol. XII, No. 3519. Saturday, January 3, 1863. Four sheets, eight pages. 21 x 15 ½”. Printed on page 5. On January 1, 1863, as the US was entering its third year of bloody civil war, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing “all persons held as slaves” in rebellious states. Two days later, the President’s notice was printed in the New York Times and distributed nationally under the title “Emancipation. President Lincoln’s Proclamation.”
Among the manifold effects the Proclamation wrought, perhaps the most powerful is this shift in moral tone. For the first time, African Americans were raised to a semi-standard of equality. This notice was printed two days after the proclamation was announced. Excellent condition. Seven pin holes along left edge. Some foxing. Bright, crisp pages.
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