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7. Slavery and

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Abraham Lincoln - Selected Archive Items

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[1708] Brady National Photographic Art Gallery, Abraham Lincoln (1864),
courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division [LC-B816-1321].
This portrait photograph from January 1864, between the Gettysburg address and the second inaugural address, resembles most memorial images.

[1803] Abraham Lincoln, Emancipation Proclamation (1863),
courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.
This 1863 proclamation emancipated slaves held in areas in rebellion against the United States, but not those in Union-controlled areas. [3228] Timothy O'Sullivan, Incidents of the War. A Harvest of Death, Gettysburg, July, 1863,
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-B8184-7964-A DLC].
Dead Federal soldiers on the battlefield at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Graphic war photographs like this one inspired postwar literary realism.

[7163] Esther Bubley, Inside the Lincoln Memorial (1943),
courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division [LC-USW3-040346-D].
After his assassination, Abraham Lincoln's image became iconic in the North and among African Americans, through ceremonies, popular songs and prints, statuary, and poetry such as Walt Whitman's "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd."

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