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The Emancipation Proclamation and the End of Slavery

  • National Archives Foundation 700 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20408 United States (map)

Although the Emancipation Proclamation did not end slavery in America at the time it was written, it fundamentally changed the character of the Civil War. Overnight, a war to preserve the Union became a war for human liberation. The panel, "The Emancipation Proclamation and the End of Slavery," will discuss the Emancipation Proclamation and its symbol of hope for the nearly four million enslaved people who were held in bondage. Moderated by David Blight, professor of history at Yale University, panelists include Edna Greene Medford, professor of history at Howard University, and others. This event is part of the National Archives’ 155th anniversary celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation. It will be held on Friday, March 19th at 7:00pm in the William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20408-0001.

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