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The hammer and the anvil : Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the end of slavery in America

Author: Dwight Jon Zimmerman; Wayne Vansant
Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The period leading up to the Civil War was one of great change. Congress divided itself between Northerners and Southerners, citizens on the frontier took up arms against one another, and movements for secession and abolition were more urgent than ever. The Hammer and the Anvil depicts the tumultuous time through the lives of two men who defined it: Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Each protagonist wrestled  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Historical comics
Biographical comics
Graphic novels
Comic books, strips, etc
History
Biography Comic books, strips, etc
Named Person: Frederick Douglass; Abraham Lincoln; Frederick Douglass; Abraham Lincoln
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dwight Jon Zimmerman; Wayne Vansant
ISBN: 9780809053582 0809053586
OCLC Number: 747099281
Notes: "A novel graphic from Hill and Wang."
Description: ix, 150 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Dwight Jon Zimmerman ; illustrated by Wayne Vansant ; foreword by James M. McPherson ; editorial consultant, Craig Symonds.

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The period leading up to the Civil War was one of great change. Congress divided itself between Northerners and Southerners, citizens on the frontier took up arms against one another, and movements for secession and abolition were more urgent than ever. The Hammer and the Anvil depicts the tumultuous time through the lives of two men who defined it: Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Each protagonist wrestled with the question of slavery from a young age. Douglass, a slave who was spared no brutality, once fought an especially cruel master and eventually escaped north to freedom. Lincoln, who was hired out by his father to do manual labor on neighbors' farms, found this harsh life intolerable. As a senator, Lincoln sought ways to end the westward spread of slavery, believing that adding free states to the Union would diminish the power of the Southern states and lead to the gradual disappearance of the "peculiar institution." Douglass was less patient. He had become a skilled orator and an influential editor of Northern abolitionist journals, and called on white Americans to honor their nation's founding commitment to liberty. When the Civil War erupted in April 1861, Douglass hoped that the conflict would mean the end of slavery. But Lincoln delayed emancipation, and Douglass despaired -- until he met the president face-to-face and recognized that their causes were one and the same.

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