The Emancipation Proclamation 150 Years On
When: Mon 28 Oct 2013, 18.45-20.15
Where: Conference Centre, British Library
Price: £4 / £3 concessions
As the recent film, Lincoln, makes clear, the Emancipation Proclamation – issued by President Abraham Lincoln on 1 January 1863 – was a wartime expedient which was eventually made permanent by the passing of the 13th Amendment. A panel of historians will discuss the manoeuvring that resulted in the Proclamation being put into effect, the impact on the course of the American Civil War and the effect on American society thereafter. Amongst the questions discussed will be: What contribution did the proclamation make to the North winning the Civil War? What effect did the proclamation have on opinion outside America, did it isolate the South? If the 13th Amendment had not been passed before the end of the Civil War, what would have been the status of the Emancipation Proclamation? Did the manner in which the Emancipation Proclamation came about limit or retard the search for equality amongst races? The evening will finish with a discussion of the legacy of the Civil War in general and its impact on race relations today.
This event is sponsored by the American Civil War Round Table (UK) and the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library.