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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Our Assignment for January 1, 2013

I. Access

http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/featured_document/emanicpation_proclamation

II. Read

1) Manuscript of the Emancipation Proclamation

2) The Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation of 1862

3) John Hope Franklin's essay "The Emancipation Proclamation: An Act of Justice," which contains this noteworthy sentence: "The law itself is no longer an obstruction to justice and equality, but it is the people who live under the law who are themselves an obstruction to justice." Franklin also incorporates James Weldon Johnson's "Fifty Years" (New York Times, January 1, 1913) in his essay.

III. Remember

Forms of slavery and enslavement still exist on this planet.


Jerry W. Ward, Jr.
December 26, 2012
Kwanzaa Day One



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