The Graduate Center - City University of New York


Harold Holzer, chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation and the author of numerous books on Lincoln and the Civil War, talks about the visual representations of the emancipation proclamation as well as the images of Abraham Lincoln as emancipator. This talk took place on July 19, 2012, as part of The Visual Culture of the American Civil War, an NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers.



Blight, David. Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory. Cambridge, 2002.

Bunker, Gary L. From Rail-Splitter to Icon: Lincoln’s Image in Illustrated Periodicals, 1860-1865. Kent, Ohio, 2001.

Foner, Eric, and Brown, Joshua, Forever Free: The Story of Emancipation and Reconstruction. New York, 2006.

Holzer, Harold. “Picturing Freedom: The Emancipation Proclamation in Art, Iconography, and Memory,” in Harold Holzer, Edna Greene Medford, and Frank J. Williams, The Emancipation Proclamation: Three Views. Baton Rouge, 2006.

Smethurst, James. “Emancipation Day: Postbellum Visions of African Americans in Currier & Ives Prints.” Imprint 31:2 (Autumn 2006): pp. 18‐29.