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Lincoln, Abraham
AMNESTY PROCLAMATION AND THIRD ANNUAL MESSAGE OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, READ IN CONGRESS, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1863
[Washington, 1863. 20pp. Original printed wrappers. Light toning. A near fine copy, in wonderful condition. In a cloth chemise and green half morocco and cloth slipcase, spine gilt. The rare pamphlet printing of Lincoln's December 8, 1863 proclamation, read before Congress the next day, offering amnesty to citizens of the Confederacy providing they take an oath that they "will abide by and faithfully support all proclamations of the President made during the existing rebellion having reference to slaves" (i.e. the Emancipation Proclamation). The Amnesty Proclamation was issued with President Lincoln's third Annual Message to Congress (i.e., State of the Union Address) on December 8, 1863; the State of the Union Address follows the Amnesty Proclamation here. Toward the close of 1863, with the Confederate Army in full retreat, discussions in Congress centered on how to restore the Southern states to the Union. "The crisis which threatened to divide the friends of the Union is past," announced Lincoln. Now it was the duty of Congress to ensure that all citizens in the South, regardless of race, were guaranteed the equal protection of the law. A number of competing proposals emerged from deliberations, but in the end, during his message to Congress on Dec. 8, 1863, Lincoln declared reconstruction of the South a wholly executive responsibility and "offered 'full pardon...with restoration of all rights of property, except as to slaves,' to all rebels who would take an oath of future loyalty to the Constitution and pledge to obey acts of Congress and presidential proclamation … [Click Below for Full Description]
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