Today is the 149th anniversary of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. See Brooks Simpson’s post on the subject at his blog “Crossroads,” It hardly goes without saying that the Preliminary EP was not universally positively received at the time of its issuance, or in subsequent years. Notice that in this image from 1864 and that Lincoln sits with his foot on the Constitution, and a devil, no doubt inspiring this dastardly deed, sits on his desk looking on. Also, a statue of Lady Liberty in the background is hooded, Simpson suggests that we consider the Preliminary EP in the context of Reconstruction, and the hooded figure of Lady Liberty particularly lends itself, ironically, to such a view, though certain “Confederate Romantics” toiling away out there on internet CW discussion groups may not agree with this perspective. The caricature is by the Bavarian, who, unusual for a German immigrant supported the Confederacy. Adalbert Volk. Volk was a cartoonist, a dentist, smuggled supplies for the Confederacy, and personally assisted Confederate President Jefferson Davis.