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An engraving by famed 19th century cartoonist and illustrator Thomas Nast shows the celebration of the emancipation of Southern slaves with the end of the Civil War, 1865. Within the illustration, Columbia (the female representation of America) presides over a scene imagining the difference that Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation would have on slavery and former slaves in the South. Credit: Image courtesy Library of Congress