"Proclamation of Emancipation," R. A. Dimmick, 1864

Spreading the Word

After Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, scores of printed copies circulated throughout the North, conveying its important message to the public. Noticeably absent from Lincoln’s final version of the decree were two ideas he had previously championed: (1) gradual, compensated emancipation, and (2) the voluntary colonization of freed blacks to other parts of the world.