Abraham Lincoln and a New Birth of Freedom: The Union and Slavery in the Diplomacy of the Civil War / Edition 1

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In Abraham Lincoln and a New Birth of Freedom, Howard Jones explores the relationship between President Lincoln's wartime diplomacy and his interrelated goals of forming a more perfect Union and abolishing slavery. From the outset of the Civil War, Lincoln's central purpose was to save the Union by defeating the South on the battlefield. No less important was his need to prevent a European intervention that would have facilitated the South's move for independence. Lincoln's goal of preserving the Union, however, soon evolved into an effort to form a more perfect Union, one that rested on the natural rights principles of the Declaration of Independence and thus necessitated emancipation.
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Editorial Reviews

"[An] informative, important study [that] builds on a foundation laid in his Union in Peril to expand dramatically the interpretation of Civil War diplomacy. . . . A valuable study of great importance."—Choice
Library Journal
Jones, history chair at the University of Alabama and author of Mutiny on the Amistad, here examines some of the most significant and intriguing topics in Civil War historiography: Lincoln, emancipation, and diplomacy. His focus is on Lincoln's attitude toward slavery and the Constitution and his efforts to prevent European intervention into the American Civil War. Facing head on the charge that Lincoln was lukewarm on the slavery issue, he argues that the President moved as quickly as public opinion would allow to abolish the institution and make the nation more democratic, hoping his actions might discourage outsiders from supporting the Confederacy. Though Lincoln-centered literature already abounds, this concise and focused study updates older works such as Jay Monaghan's A Diplomat in Carpet Slippers and is shorter and more focused than Jones's Union in Peril: The Crisis in British Intervention in the Civil War (LJ 11/1/92). A tremendously readable study that promises to become a classic; highly recommended for academic and larger public libraries.--Theresa McDevitt, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Indiana Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Filson Club History Quarterly

"A well-written and succinct account of the role slavery played in the struggles over foreign intervention during the American Civil War. . . . [It] should be welcomed as the best synthesis available of Union diplomacy during the Civil War."—Filson Club History Quarterly

"Engrossing. . . . A fine achievement of historical scholarship."—Booklist

"[An] informative, important study [that] builds on a foundation laid in his Union in Peril to expand dramatically the interpretation of Civil War diplomacy. . . . A valuable study of great importance."—Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803275652
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Howard Jones is University Research Professor in the Department of History at the University of Alabama. He is the author of numerous books, including Mutiny on the Amistad: The Saga of a Slave Revolt and Its Impact on American Abolition, Law, and Diplomacy which provided the historical basis for the movie Amistad.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Prologue: To Preserve the Union 1
1 Lincoln on Slavery: A Constitutional Right and a Moral Wrong 19
2 Lincoln, Slavery, and Perpetual Union 34
3 Southern Slavery, Northern Freedom: The Central Dilemma of the Republic 56
4 Emancipation by the Sword? Race War and Antietam as Catalysts to Intervention 83
5 "Days of Grace": Emancipation the Prelude to Foreign Intervention? 110
6 Autumn of Discontent: The Crisis over Intervention 128
7 The Emancipation Proclamation: An Act of Justice, Warranted by...Military Necessity 146
8 The Final Impact of Slavery on Intervention: Napoleon's Grand Design for the Americas 163
Epilogue: To Create a More Perfect Union 187
Notes 193
Bibliographical Essay 223
Index 225
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