Title: First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation
Description: On January 1, 1863, President Lincoln issued one of the greatest achievements of his administration: the Emancipation Proclamation. This document freed slaves in states in rebellion against the union. In this painting, Lincoln sits with his cabinet, ready to read the Proclamation. Books, maps, and papers are strewn about, evidence of the long hours of work caused by the Civil War.
Creator: Francis Bicknell Carpenter
Credit: White House Historical Association (White House Collection)