The Emancipation Proclamation--1849

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Abraham Lincoln actually drafted a bill for compensated emancipation of enslaved people when he was a Representative in Congress in 1849! He drafted a similar bill as President in 1861, but neither bill received enough support to reach the floor for a vote. However, a bill similar to the one in 1849 was put into effect on April 16, 1862, freeing the enslaved people in Washington, D.C. by allowing for compensation to be paid to their owners--eight months before the well-known Emancipation Proclamation of 1863.

A research grant to study slavery and the Underground Railroad in Kentucky  inspired, "A Promise Moon." I alluded to, or drew inspiration from my findings as I wrote my latest novel which is set during the Civil War.


Return to a "Promise Moon."

Click here to go to the Library of Congress' website for more information about the Emancipation Proclamation.

Click here if you would like to see a handwritten version of the national Emancipation Proclamation, dated July 22, 1862.



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