On September 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, making all slaves in seceding states free as of January 1, 1863. If you are interested in learning more about this topic checkout some of the books that I have listed below.
The Emancipation Proclamation Stephen Krensky.
The Documents of Democracy series provides an in-depth study of four principal documents that underlie the American system of government: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Emancipation Proclamation.
Each title offers a comprehensive treatment of the particular primary source document, including an analysis of the text and its historical context. Readers learn about the politics of the time and the debates and discussions that led to the drafting of the document. the effects each document had, and continues to have, on our laws, politics, and society are examined as well. Each title includes a full transcription of the document under discussion so readers can readily follow the analysis of the text.
The Emancipation Proclamation G.S. Prentzas.
Read about the events leading up to the Emancipation Proclamation and find out how this historic document affected the Civil War and helped shape our nation today.
When Were the First Slaves Set Free during the Civil War?  Shannon Knudsen
Discover the clever plan behind Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, and learn how it freed the first slaves. This book answers the who, what, where, when, why, and how about the Emancipation Proclamation.
Lincoln: a Photobiography Russell Freedman.
Newbery Award-winning photo-biography. A description of the boyhood, marriage, and young professional life of Abraham Lincoln includes his presidential years and also reflects on the latest scholarly thoughts about our Civil War president.
Looking at Lincoln  Maira Kalman.
Abraham Lincoln is one of the first giants of history children are introduced to, and now Maira Kalman brings him to life with her trademark style and enthusiasm. Lincoln's legacy is everywhere; there he is on your penny and five-dollar bill. And we are still the United States because Lincoln helped hold them together. But who was he, really? The little girl in this book wants to find out. Among the many other things, she discovers our sixteenth president was a man who believed in freedom for all, had a dog named Fido, loved Mozart, apples, and his wife's vanilla cake, and kept his notes in his hat. From his boyhood in a log cabin to his famous presidency and untimely death, Kalman shares Lincoln's remarkable life with young readers in a fresh and exciting way.
Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass: The Story Behind an American Friendship  Russell Freedman.
From the author of Lincoln: A Photo-biography , comes a clear-sighted, carefully researched account of two surprisingly parallel lives and how they intersected at a critical moment in U.S. history. Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass were both self-taught, both great readers and believers in the importance of literacy, both men born poor who by their own efforts reached positions of power and prominence. Lincoln as President of the United States and Douglass as the most famous and influential African American of his time. Though their meetings were few and brief, their exchange of ideas helped to end the Civil War, reunite the nation, and abolish slavery. This book includes a bibliography, source notes, and index.
Lincoln and Douglass: an American Friendship Nikki Giovanni
Our 16th president is known for many things: He delivered the Emancipation Proclamation and the Gettysburg Address. He was tall and skinny and notoriously stern-looking. And he also had some very strong ideas about abolishing slavery, ideas which brought him into close contact with another very visible public figure: Frederick Douglass. Douglass was born a slave but escaped in 1838 and became one of the central figures in the American abolitionist movement. This book offers a glimpse into the unusual friendship between two great American leaders. At a time when racial tensions were high and racial equality was not yet established, Lincoln and Douglass formed a strong bond over shared ideals and worked alongside each other for a common goal..