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Emancipation Proclamation

Today in the Word, July, 1990, p. 8

As Abraham Lincoln prepared to sign the Emancipation Proclamation, he took his pen, moved it to the signature line, paused for a moment, and then dropped the pen. When asked why, the president replied, "If my name goes into history, it will be for this act, and if my hand trembles when I sign it, there will be some who will say, &ls;he hesitated.'"

Lincoln then turned to the table, took up the pen, and boldly signed his name.