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Reading the Emancipation Proclamation

By H. W. Herrick


Eleven slaves, including children, are gathered around their torch-lit hearth listening to a Union soldier reading the electrifying news that they are free.In a very poignant scene, the expressions of the listeners vary from jubilant to astonished to prayerful. This item is part of the Indiana and the Civil War Educator Curriculum Packet

Topics: Emancipation Proclamation; African Americans; Slaves; Slavery; Soldiers; Fireplaces; Log cabins
Publisher: Indiana Historical Society
Year: 1864
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