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The crooked path to abolition : Abraham Lincoln and the antislavery Constitution

Author: James Oakes
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : W. W. Norton & Company, [2021] ©2021
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"An award-winning scholar uncovers Lincoln's strategy for abolishing slavery in this groundbreaking history of the sectional crisis and Civil War. Some celebrate Lincoln for freeing the slaves; others fault him for a long-standing conservatism on abolition and race. James Oakes gives us another option in this brilliant exploration of Lincoln and the end of slavery. Through the unforeseen challenges of the Civil War  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Abraham Lincoln; Abraham Lincoln
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Oakes
ISBN: 9781324005858 1324005858
OCLC Number: 1155086995
Description: xxxii, 256 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: "That glorious fabric of collected wisdom" : a brief history of the antislavery Constitution --
"Freedom is the rule, slavery is the exception" : the emergence of antislavery constitutionalism --
The antislavery project : Lincoln and antislavery politics --
"My ancient faith" : Lincoln, race, and the antislavery Constitution --
The forfeiture of rights : emancipation before the proclamation --
"A king's cure" : Lincoln and the origins of the Thirteenth Amendment.
Responsibility: James Oakes.

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