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C-SPAN aired a recent keynote address by Professor Paul Finkelman on the Emancipation Proclamation in its entirety as part of the station's coverage of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society's 2009 Annual Symposium, "Lincoln's Washington: Abraham Lincoln in Congress and the Presidency."
Professor Finkelman's speech, titled "Lincoln, Congress, the Army, and the Preconditions for Emancipation," was the opening keynote address for the symposium and focused on Abraham Lincoln's time in Washington, D.C., as a congressman and as the president.
Finkelman is the President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy at Albany Law School. A nationally known expert in constitutional law, American legal history, and race and the law, he is the author of more than 100 scholarly articles and more than 20 books. He was a Fellow in Law and the Humanities at Harvard Law School and received his Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Chicago. His work on legal history and constitutional law has been cited by numerous courts and in many appellate briefs. He is the ninth most cited legal historian, according to "Brian Leiter's Law School Rankings."