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Emancipation and the Meaning of Juneteenth

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Engraving of the Emancipation Proclamation

Engraving of the Emancipation Proclamation, c. 1864. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

On 1 January 1863, Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation went into effect, freeing all enslaved persons in the states rebelling against the Union.

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