Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln and the Dawn of Liberty - Tonya Bolden It's always a pleasure to read a history a book by Tonya Bolden because her fascination and passion for her subjects are so evident. Using a personal voice that infuses her narrative with vividness and dramatic urgency, Bolden creates a compelling overview of the lead-up to the Proclamation. She makes excellent use of primary sources and visual materials. A richly illustrated, handsomely designed work.