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Lincoln’s hand-written version of Emancipation Proclamation to be on view at State Museum

Seen here is a portion of the  first page of Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, written in his own hand. The document will be on display Friday and Saturday at the New York State Museum in Albany. (photo courtesy of the NYS Office of Cultural Education)
Seen here is a portion of the first page of Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, written in his own hand. The document will be on display Friday and Saturday at the New York State Museum in Albany. (photo courtesy of the NYS Office of Cultural Education)
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After shaking hands with visitors to the White House for four hours on Jan. 1, 1863, Abraham Lincoln’s right arm trembled as he prepared to sign the Emancipation Proclamation later that afternoon. It wasn’t, however, due to any lack of conviction on his part. His hand simply hurt. “I never, in my life, felt more certain that I was doing right, than I do in signing this paper,” said Lincoln, after he added his signature ...


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