Healthcare’s Moral Imperative

The year 1863 was transcendent for President Abraham Lincoln (Figure C.1). After shaking hands at a White House reception much of New Year’s Day, Lincoln retreated to his study to sign the Emancipation Proclamation. The president’s signing hand trembled with fatigue, so he waited several minutes for it to strengthen. With resolve, Lincoln then signed what he considered his most important document.


FIGURE C.1   Abraham Lincoln

At the moment Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, all slaves in the rebellious southern states became “then, thenceforward and forever free.” Later that day, the president ...

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