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Political Cartoon

Emancipation

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1865

This drawing by famous Civil War illustrator, Thomas Nast, depicts the positive effects of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. On the left are depictions of African-American life before emancipation. On the right are depictions of what life will be like after emancipation. In the middle, an African-American family enjoys the peace and happiness of freedom, with Lincoln's portrait underneath.