Senator Charles Sumner Puts Pressure on President Lincoln

December 24, 1862 

Charles Sumner, the proper but pushy senator from Massachusetts, was a frequent visitor to the White House – often to push his views for speedy emancipation of southern slaves.   With the deadline for the Emancipation Proclamation, Sumner visits the White House to assure that President Lincoln will indeed issue the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863.

Sumner “ ”spends evening with President discussing Emancipation Proclamation.”  Sumner subsequently writes a Massachusetts friend: “”The Presdt. thank God, is now for the emplyt. of the Negroes.  A new epoch is at hand.”

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