|Broadside poem entitled "Emancipation"|
by Jacob Emerson, 1863.
Emerson's poem begins with the stanza "Eighty-seven years have passed and gone, / Like a dream it seems to me, / When I first breathed the vital air, / Our country was not free" and ends "January first of sixty-three, / Put forth a firm decree / The African blood of every grade, / Henceforth should all be free. / "A jubilee was then proclaimed, / In every state was told, / Just like the Jews in ancient days, / By Mordica of old."
Although Emerson demonstrates a less-than-agreeable attitude toward Native Americans common to his day, the poem provides an impassioned abolitionist voice in support of Lincoln's decree.
Posted by Christopher Harter
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