Today marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. In case a primer is in order, the National Archives has posted images and a transcript of the original document. Over the next year, libraries, museums, and universities will be commemorating the Proclamation with public lectures, conferences, workshops, and exhibitions: As an example, the Schomburg Center at the New York Public Library has on display “Visualizing Emancipation,” an exhibit of eighty antebellum and postbellum photographs of enslaved and free persons. It would be great to know if any of you are teaching the Proclamation to your law students; if so, how and in what classes? I am not teaching Property this semester, but plan to include a mini-module on the Proclamation when I teach it again this Fall.
Today also marks the end of my stint in the Lounge. I have fully enjoyed the community and appreciate the opportunity to engage here; and even though my trivia skills remain lackluster, I look forward to rejoining the ranks of the blog’s avid readership. Keep those hard-hitting posts coming, fellow Loungers . . . and Happy New Year one and all!