Following the American Civil War Sesquicentennial with day by day writings of the time, currently 1863.

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Village Life in America.

September 22, 2012

Village Life in America, 1852 - 1872, by Caroline Cowles Richards

September 22.—I read aloud to Grandfather this evening the Emancipation Proclamation issued as a war measure by President Lincoln, to take effect January 1, liberating over three million slaves. He recommends to all thus set free, to labor faithfully for reasonable wages and to abstain from all violence, unless in necessary self-defense, and he invokes upon this act “the considerate judgment of mankind and the gracious favor of Almighty God.”

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