The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has released a free ebook that looks at 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.”
Direct to Full Text: The Meaning and Making of Emancipation
The book was published to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Excerpts of the Book are Available via NARA’s Prologue Blog
Another NARA eBook: Exploring the United States Constitution
In celebration of the 225th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution in Philadelphia in 1787, we compiled a selection of writings published over the last three decades by our education staff. Each chapter connects one or more of the billions of records in the holdings of the National Archives to the principles found in the United States Constitution. These records exemplify the workings of the three branches of the federal government as laid out in our Constitution.