Posts Tagged ‘Voting Rights Act’

English: Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth Presid...

English: Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the United States. Latviešu: Abrahams Linkolns, sešpadsmitais ASV prezidents. Српски / Srpski: Абрахам Линколн, шеснаести председник Сједињених Америчких Држава. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Emancipation Proclamation fetches $2.1 million at auction

Emancipation Proclamation original copy, signed by Abraham Lincoln,  sold at a New York auction for $2.1 million Wednesday. It’s onlt the second highest priced Emancipation Proclamation copy.

By Verena Dobnik, Associated Press / June 29, 2012

This undated photo provided by Seth Kaller, Inc., shows a detail from the rare original copy of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation which sold Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at a New York auction for more than $2 million. It’s the second-highest price ever paid for a Lincoln-signed proclamation – after one owned by the late Sen. Robert Kennedy that went for $3.8 million two years ago.

Seth Kaller/AP/File

 New York

A rare original copy of President Abraham Lincoln‘s Emancipation Proclamation ordering the freeing of slaves sold Tuesday at a New York auction for more than $2 million. It’s the second-highest price ever paid for a Lincoln-signed proclamation — after one owned by the late Sen. Robert Kennedy that went for $3.8 million two years ago.

The latest copy of the 1863 document, which was auctioned at the Robert Siegel Auction Galleries, went to David Rubenstein, managing director of The Carlyle Group investment firm. The American seller remained anonymous.

The $2.1 million purchase price includes a buyer’s premium.

This price and the one for the Kennedy copy are the highest ever paid for the proclamation, reflecting a “growing appreciation for documents that capture the most important moments in our history,” said Seth Kaller, a dealer in American historic documents and expert on the Emancipation Proclamation; he’s handled eight signed copies.

The document will go on public exhibit somewhere in Washington, he said. The name of the institution is yet to be announced.

Lincoln signed the proclamation during the Civil War, freeing all slaves in states then in rebellion. The proclamation also provided a legal framework for the emancipation of millions of other slaves as the Union armies advanced.

Forty-eight copies were subsequently printed, with Lincoln signing all of them.

The president donated them to the so-called Sanitary Commission, a precursor of the modern Red Cross that sold the documents privately to provide medical care to Union soldiers.

A century later, President Lyndon Johnson invoked the proclamation while presenting the Voting Rights Act to Congress. He said equality was still an unfulfilled promise for black Americans.

A total of nine proclamation copies have been sold publicly in the past 40 years, Kaller said.

In 2010, Robert Kennedy’s family auctioned his copy for $3.8 million at Sotheby’s. Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1968, had purchased it for $9,500 in 1964, when he was U.S. attorney general.

Only about half of the 48 proclamation copies have survived, Kaller said.

English: Black man reading newspaper by candle...A watercolor painting from Zemanta.

Who knew?
Did you know how many copies were made and signed by President Lincoln?
Why were they sold? What was the difference in the price then and the auction price in 2012?
Related articles

Read Full Post »

Suffrage Parade (LOC)

                                                              Suffrage Parade for a Valued Right

When voting started in America, it was not for everyone. It was not for me until women got the right to vote, well after Black men. Even they could not vote in the beginning. Not all white men could vote: one had to own land.

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 wiped away laws preventing or discouraging people from using their voting rights. When you think the War between the States ended in 1865, it was a good but not timely thing. Blood and tears have been shed to get the right to speak on who and how government will be run.

And so tomorrow, the people in selected states will have the opportunity to take charge of their citizenship through the voting booth. One vote can count when combined with others.

Who knew?

If I could vote

I would vote in Wisconsin

Will you?

If I could vote

I would vote in New Jersey

I would vote for someone

I know and trust.

But if I vote

tomorrow, it would

be illegal.

I would not do that.

Would you?

Tomorrow when asked

Did you vote?

What answer will

you give?

Read Full Post »

%d bloggers like this: