Related Websites

The following websites are provided to offer additional context to project themes. The American Library Association does not maintain the following sites and is not responsible for their content.

Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963 online exhibition from the National Museum of American History

Emancipation Proclamation

The Emancipation Proclamation special presentation from the Library of Congress provides an essay, timeline, and Lincoln’s first and final draft of the Emancipation Proclamation, as well as the final version issued on January 1, 1863.

Information and resources related to the Emancipation Proclamation from the National Archives & Records Administration

Articles and images about the Emancipation Proclamation from the Civil War Trust

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln Online offers information about this week in Lincoln’s life (keyed to the present date), latest Lincoln news and events, book lists, speeches, Lincoln museums and libraries across the country, resources for teachers and students, and more.

The Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress

The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Association

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Civil War and Slavery

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History has a wide-ranging website with much material on 19th-century culture and the Civil War.

A comprehensive Civil War website originating from the University of Tennessee

The comprehensive “Documenting the American South” website of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Academic Affairs Library. Contains slave narratives, complete documents by Frederick Douglass, documents from The Southern Homefront 1861–1865 and many others.

Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861–1867, part of the University of Maryland’s “Freedmen and Southern Society Project.”

Slaves and the Courts, 1740–1860, a Library of Congress collection which contains over a hundred pamphlets and books (published between 1772 and 1889) concerning the difficult and troubling experiences of African and African-American slaves in the American colonies and the United States.

American slave narratives: an online anthology

The Frederick Douglass papers at the Library of Congress

From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection, 1824–1909 presents 397 pamphlets from the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress, published from 1824 through 1909, by African-American authors and others who wrote about slavery, African colonization, Emancipation, Reconstruction and related topics.

Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936–1938 contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves.

March on Washington

Collection of videos and resources from

Collection of March on Washington photos from

A Day Like No Other: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, an online exhibition from the Library of Congress

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project

Audio and text of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech

Civil Rights Leadership

Information and resources about civil rights leaders from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

Educational Apps

Changing America: To Be Free iPad app from the Smithsonian Institution. Americans reacted to the Emancipation Proclamation in different ways. With Changing America: To Be Free, you can discover firsthand accounts of individual circumstances and reactions.