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CCC Lecture Marking 150th Anniversary of Emancipation Proclamation


Noted historian and author Professor Louis P. Masur of Rutgers University will help Camden County College mark the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation by reviewing how President Abraham Lincoln came to issue and defend the instrumental document with the presentation “Lincoln and Emancipation” at 7 p.m. Nov. 12.

Lincoln issued the Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, during the height of the Civil War, and provided the legal foundation for freeing millions of slaves. The document gave moral force to the Union cause and influenced overseas relations with Great Britain and France. The Emancipation Proclamation was a milestone leading to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which formally abolished slavery throughout the United States.

Masur is the author of “The Civil War: A Concise History” and “Lincoln’s One Hundred Days: The Emancipation Proclamation and the War for the Union.”    

“Lincoln and Emancipation” will take place in Civic Hall, which is located inside the Connector Building on CCC’s Blackwood Campus at College Drive and Peter Cheeseman Road in Gloucester Township. Admission is free and open to the public, but registration is recommended to ensure seating.

This lecture is planned by the Camden County College Library in support of the traveling exhibit “Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War,” which it is displaying on the Blackwood Campus through Dec. 13. The exhibit was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office and made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Information about the exhibit can be found online at  
To register for a seat, to receive teacher development credit information or for additional details, contact the Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility by visiting; calling (856) 227-7200, ext. 4333; or e-mailing Information also is available by following @CenterForCivic on Twitter.

Published: November 11, 2013