Emancipating Lincoln by Harold Holzer
The Proclamation in Text, Context, and Memory (Nathan I Huggins Lectures)

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The Emancipation Proclamation is responsible both for Lincoln’s being hailed as the Great Emancipator and for his being pilloried by those who consider his once-radical effort at emancipation insufficient. Holzer examines the impact of Lincoln’s announcement at the moment of its creation, and then as its meaning has changed over time.
 

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Harold Holzer is Senior Vice President, External Affairs, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
 
Published March 13, 2012 by Harvard University Press. 256 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography, War, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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On New Year’s Day 1863, Lincoln steadied himself before signing the document whose culture-changing significance he well understood: “If my name ever goes into history it will be for this act, and my whole soul is in it.” Today Lincoln’s image as “the Great Emancipator” has eroded—too politically...

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Holzer, who won a prize for his analysis of Lincoln’s 1860 speech at Cooper Union, now examines the Emancipation Proclamation.

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Holzer, a Lincoln scholar and vice president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, puts the fine points on the limited declaration, and embellishes the effect it produced through an excursion into the iconography, art and memorials depicting “The Great Emancipator.” Lincoln couldn’t disclose his ...

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Turning from word to image, we see the complex responses in American sculpture, painting, and illustration across the past century and a half, as artists sought to criticize, lionize, and profit from Lincoln’s endeavor. Holzer shows the faults in applying our own standards to Linco...

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The Roanoke Times

He also examines how we now look upon the proclamation for what Lincoln intended it to be: a legal document that freed enslaved people without the cumbersome process of re-writing the U.S. Constitution.

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Civil War News

This book provides a much-needed summary of emancipation scholarship in recognition of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation’s 150th anniversary on Sept.

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This examination of the process whereby Lincoln drafted and presented the Emancipation Proclamation reveals how his maste

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