Ranger Alan Gephardt from James A. Garfield National Historic Site discusses The Emancipation Proclamation. He answers who it, in fact, emancipated and whom it did not. He also examines what other options — compensated emancipation, colonization — President Abraham Lincoln considered before his proclamation.

The next talk in our Civil War series with Garfield National Historic Site will be at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 8. The topic will be Civil War veterans who went on to become President of the United States.

By the way, if you’re interested in Civil War history, several talks in this series can be viewed online in their entirety, including: