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The Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation

The First Step to Freedom: The Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation

Be sure to visit the NYSM from February 11 to March 1, 2020, to view an original draft of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation written in Lincoln’s own hand.

Activity 1

This image depicts, at center, a parade celebrating the passage of the 15th Amendment surrounded by portraits and vignettes of African Americans exercising their newly won liberties—land ownership, education, political involvement, religious freedom, employment, and military participation.

(Click on image below to view full screen.)

The Fifteenth amendment, 1870 by Thomas Kelly

The Fifteenth amendment, 1870
Thomas Kelly
Library of Congress
www.loc.gov/pictures/item/93510386/

Engaging Question: What did the artist think the ratification of the 15th Amendment would provide for African Americans?

Using Broadside Analysis, the graphic organizer created by the New York State Archives, have students predict what they think the broadside is saying and then go through and analyze each part of the image using the prompts to help answer the question, “What did the artist think the ratification of the 15th Amendment would provide for African Americans?”