Lincoln and the Meaning of Emancipation

The Gilder Lehrman Center and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, with funding from the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation and the Mather Fund, created a new teacher education initiative, Lincoln and the Meaning of Emancipation, which was held at Yale University and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

This year-long series of lectures and workshops connected more recent emancipatory movements to the long history of slavery, emancipation, and abolition in the US and around the world. The program informed and trained teachers to see how Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation is situated within broader abolitionist movements, past and present. Lincoln and emancipation remain relevant today, not simply as moments for historical celebration, but also as touchstones and calls to action in the present.

The seven Yale University events were held at Luce Hall during the 2013-14 school year. The lecture/workshops were free to all educators. For more information visit our events page or contact Thomas Thurston at