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The Act That Bought Slaves Freedom in D.C.

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The Act That Bought Slaves Freedom in D.C.

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Before issuing the Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln signs into law the Compensated Emancipation Act. Costing nearly one million dollars, the act buys freedom for all District of Columbia slaves.

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Washington, D.C. in 1861. The Civil War is at the doorstep and the city is bracing for disaster. America is a country torn in two. An untested President Lincoln strives to make the nation's capital the political center of the Union, but finds he is surrounded by Southern sympathies and under constant threat of attack. See how this once sleepy small town grew into the metropolis we know today. A city cast in marble, a symbol of American liberty and a memorial to those who fought tooth and nail to preserve it.

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