This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. On Jan. 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free."

Many Black History Month resources, including material about the Emancipation Proclamation are available online at, and

The free eBook The Meaning and Making of Emancipation for iPad, iPhone, Android, eReaders, and online is available through the National Archives at

The book was created to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, and illustrates the conception and significance of the Emancipation Proclamation through documents in the holdings of the National Archives.

The Meaning and Making of Emancipation presents the Emancipation Proclamation in its social and political context with documents in the National Archives’ holdings that illustrate the efforts of the many Americans, enslaved and free, white and black, by whom slavery was abolished in the United States.

A transcript of the Emancipation Proclamation is also available at Project Gutenberg at