The D.C. Emancipation Act was signed by President Abraham Lincoln on April 16, 1862, and it granted immediate emancipation to all slaves within the District of Columbia as well as compensation of up to $300 per slave to loyal Unionist slaveholders. This was nine months before Lincoln issued the broader Emancipation Proclamation. Continue reading
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