Lincoln and Freedom: Slavery, Emancipation, and the Thirteenth Amendment

Lincoln and Freedom: Slavery, Emancipation, and the Thirteenth Amendment

By: Sara Vaughn Gabbard (editor), Harold Holzer (editor), Harold Holzer (contributor), Sara Vaughn Gabbard (contributor), Allen C. Guelzo (contributor), James Oliver Horton (contributor), Long Long (contributor), Herman Belz (contributor), Keller Keller (contributor), Joseph R. Fornieri (contributor)Hardback

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Lincoln's re-election in 1864 was a pivotal moment in the history of the United States. The Emancipation Proclamation had officially gone into effect on January 1, 1863, and the proposed Thirteenth Amendment had become a campaign issue. "Lincoln and Freedom: Slavery, Emancipation, and the Thirteenth Amendment" captures these historic times, profiling the individuals, events, and enactments that led to slavery's abolition. Fifteen of the nation's leading Lincoln scholars contribute to the collection, covering slavery from its roots in 1619 Jamestown through the adoption of the Constitution, to Abraham Lincoln's presidency. This comprehensive volume, edited by Harold Holzer and Sara Vaughn Gabbard, presents Abraham Lincoln's response to the issue of slavery as politician, president, writer, orator, and commander-in-chief. The topics include the history of slavery in North America, the Supreme Court's Dred Scott decision, the evolution of Lincoln's view of presidential powers, the influence of religion on Lincoln, and the effects of the Emancipation Proclamation. This volume effectively explores slavery as a Constitutional issue, both from the viewpoint of the original intent of the nation's founders as they failed to deal with slavery, and as a study of the Constitutional authority of the commander-in-chief as Lincoln interpreted it. Addressed is the timing of Lincoln's decision for emancipation, and its effect on the public, the military, and the slaves themselves. The collection also covers the role of the U.S. Colored Troops, the election campaign of 1864, and the legislative debate over the Thirteenth Amendment. The editors include an essay on the role that iconography played in forming and informing public opinion about emancipation and the amendments that officially granted freedom and civil rights to African Americans. "Lincoln and Freedom", which includes nineteen illustrations, provides a comprehensive study of slavery in America and offers a rare look at how Lincoln's views, statements, and actions played a vital role in the story of emancipation.

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Harold Holzer is co-chairman of the U.S. Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and senior vice president for external affairs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is the author, coauthor or editor of twenty-seven previous books and the winner of many awards for his work. Visit for more information. Sara Vaughn Gabbard is the editor of Lincoln Lore, The Lincoln Museum's quarterly publication, and vice president and director of development at The Lincoln Museum.

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  • publication date: 15/09/2007
  • ISBN13: 9780809327645
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9780809327645
  • weight: 522
  • ISBN10: 0809327643

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