Artist: Mort Kunstler
Title: Emancipation Proclamation
Size: 20" x 20" - Multiple Sizes (Select options from Drop Down Box)
Edition: Artist Signed and Numbered, Limited Edition to 100/50/15/5. COA included.
Medium: Giclee on Canvas
About the Art: Lincoln’s cabinet members were the only witnesses when the president signed into law the Emancipation Proclamation on New Year’s Day, 1863. Seated with Lincoln is Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles. Immediately behind the president is Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. Secretary of State William H. Seward stands at the far right.
“If my name ever goes into history," Lincoln told his cabinet, “it will be for this act, and my whole soul is in it."
Lincoln took a bold risk in declaring the war to be a social revolution as well, but he was convinced that the nation had to take a meaningful step forward by making American democracy untainted by human bondage. The contest was no longer only to erase a boundary line from the map. Henceforth, it would also be a war fought to erase a word – slavery – from the American experience.
An aged slave preacher described emancipation in a single prayer: “Lord, we ain’t what we oughta be. We ain’t what we want to be. We ain’t what we goin’ to be. But thank God, we ain’t what we was."