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Radio Smart Talk: Emancipation Proclamation with two renowned historians; original copy signed by Lincoln at State Museum

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jan 8, 2013 4:02 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Wednesday, January 9:

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An original copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by President Abraham Lincoln himself, goes on display at the Pennsylvania State Museum in Harrisburg Friday.

Opening the exhibit, which is entitled "Emancipation: Lincoln and His Proclamation," will be nationally renowned author and historian Harold Holzer.  Mr. Holzer will be a guest on Wednesday's Radio Smart Talk to discuss the document that helped end slavery in the U.S.  Another historian with a national reputation, Rick Beard, will also be on the program later in the hour.

This month marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.  That's just one of the reasons there is renewed interest in this historic document.  Steven Speilberg's acclaimed film "Lincoln" centers on the period in 1865 after the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect but while Congress was heatedly debating enacting the 13th Amendment to the Constitution outlawing slavery.

Harold Holzer was a content consultant on the movie.  He has authored, co-authored or edited 43 books on Lincoln and the Civil War era.  Holzer is the chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation and was awarded a National Humanities Medal by President George W. Bush in 2008.  He also is senior vice president for external affairs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Rick Beard currently serves as senior adviser to the Pennsylvania Civil War 150 Commission. Dr. Beard has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a public historian and museum administrator. Beard has also provided senior leadership for some of the nation’s most prestigious historical organizations, including the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum. He is currently a frequent contributor to Disunion, the New York Times blog on the Civil War Sesquicentennial.

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Dr. Rick Beard, senior adviser to the Pennsylvania Civil War 150 Commission.

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-01-09 09:08

    Email from Manuel:

    As some people may, or may not know, the Emancipation Proclamation did not free ALL slaves. Will the other documents which freed the remaining slaves also be on display, and why do we never hear about this fact and these documents?

  • Robert D Colgan img 2013-01-09 09:19

    Ask Holzer, who knows Lincoln's way of thinking very well, how he thinks Lincoln would assess today's increasingly plutocratic corporate governmental control....whether a representative republic government OF, BY, FOR THE PEOPLE is being pursued...?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-01-09 09:31

    Email from Steve:

    Please discuss how General Butler’s “Contraband” decision at Fortress Monroe in the summer of 1861 effected Lincoln’s decision to issue the Emancipation Proclamation.