Civil War scholar Harold Holzer on the Emancipation Proclamation

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    Historian HAROLD HOLZER comes in to help us examine the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. Holzer, author of 42 books on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, looks at the political and social historical context of this ultimatum, which started the process of “all persons held as slaves within any States, or designated part of the State, the people whereof shall be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.” Holzer also looks at Lincoln’s choice of dry language and the artistic legacy that helped shaped the 16th president’s image of the controversial “Great Emancipator” in “Emancipating Lincoln: The Proclamation in Text, Context and Memory.”

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