Today's microblog is a two-parter. The first part begins in 1862, when on today's date, Abraham Lincoln presented to his cabinet the preliminary draft of the Emancipation Proclamation. He brought it to the nation several months later. On September 22,1862 Lincoln declared that as of January 1, 1863 all slaves in the Confederate states "shall be then, thenceforward and forever free." This led eventually to the 13th Amendment in December 1865, which prohibited slavery and involuntary servitude. This leads us to the second part of our microblog. On today's date in 1939, Jane Matilda Bolin became the first black woman to serve as judge in the U.S. She lived from April 11, 1908 - January 8, 2007. During her long life she was the 1st African American woman to graduate from Yale Law School, to join the NY City Bar Association and to join the NY City Law Dept. We celebrate these very important moments in our nation's history with books that are associated with Lincoln and great African Americans.