The Emancipation Proclamation was President Abraham Lincoln’s most controversial but most important decision. Ultimately it turned out to be the act for which Lincoln has been most remembered and admired. Dr. Glenn LaFantasie, WKU’s Richard Frockt Family Professor of Civil War History, talked about how Lincoln came to issue the Emancipation Proclamation. Dr. LaFantasie’s presentation was offered on the evening of November 16, 2011 at the Kentucky Room in the Kentucky Building in conjunction with the “Lincoln: the Constitution & the Civil War” exhibit.
Organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs, the exhibit was made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.