"President Lincoln and His Cabinet: Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation," E. Herline, 1866

A Preliminary Proclamation

This image portrays Lincoln reading a draft of the Emancipation Proclamation to his full cabinet on July 22, 1862. Popular prints like these helped spread the momentous news. Lincoln’s preliminary decree, however, still advocated gradual, compensated emancipation and the colonization of African Americans to other lands, two points he later eliminated in the final version.