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US Government Printing Office Exhibit of the Emanicpation Proclamation

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The US Government Printing Office (GPO) is displaying a copy of an original printed preliminary version of the Emancipation Proclamation. In 1862, GPO printed the preliminary version of the Emancipation Proclamation in general orders format issued as an order from President Lincoln in his role as Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces. GPO printed 15,000 copies for the War Department, which were distributed to military commanders and their troops and diplomats in foreign countries.

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