Lincoln's Hundred Days: The Emancipation Proclamation and the War for the Union

Lincoln's Hundred Days: The Emancipation Proclamation and the War for the Union

by Louis P. Masur
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674066901

ISBN-13: 9780674066908

Pub. Date: 09/22/2012

Publisher: Harvard

"The time has come now," Abraham Lincoln told his cabinet as he presented the preliminary draft of a "Proclamation of Emancipation." Lincoln's effort to end slavery has been controversial from its inception-when it was denounced by some as an unconstitutional usurpation and by others as an inadequate half-measure-up to the present, as historians have discounted its

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"The time has come now," Abraham Lincoln told his cabinet as he presented the preliminary draft of a "Proclamation of Emancipation." Lincoln's effort to end slavery has been controversial from its inception-when it was denounced by some as an unconstitutional usurpation and by others as an inadequate half-measure-up to the present, as historians have discounted its import and impact. At the sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, Louis Masur seeks to restore the document's reputation by exploring its evolution.

Lincoln's Hundred Days is the first book to tell the full story of the critical period between September 22, 1862, when Lincoln issued his preliminary Proclamation, and January 1, 1863, when he signed the final, significantly altered, decree. In those tumultuous hundred days, as battlefield deaths mounted, debate raged. Masur commands vast primary sources to portray the daily struggles and enormous consequences of the president's efforts as Lincoln led a nation through war and toward emancipation. With his deadline looming, Lincoln hesitated and calculated, frustrating friends and foes alike, as he reckoned with the anxieties and expectations of millions. We hear these concerns, from poets, cabinet members and foreign officials, from enlisted men on the front and free blacks as well as slaves.

Masur presents a fresh portrait of Lincoln as a complex figure who worried about, listened to, debated, prayed for, and even joked with his country, and then followed his conviction in directing America toward a terrifying and thrilling unknown.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674066908
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
09/22/2012
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue September 22, 1862: Lincoln Tells a Story 1

The Path to the Preliminary Proclamation

1 Toward Emancipation 13

2 Messages and Measures 39

3 A New Departure 65

4 Movement 79

One Hundred Days

5 Judgments 101

6 The Reactions of Scholars and Soldiers 117

7 Intervention and Election Fever 139

8 "We Cannot Escape History" 169

9 Standing Firm 185

The Proclamation and Beyond

10 Jubilee 205

11 "Men of Color, To Arms!" 219

12 "It Can Not Be Retracted" 239

13 Emancipation Triumphant 264

Epilogue April 4, 1865: Lincoln Visits Richmond 275

Appendix Texts of the Emancipation Proclamation 289

Notch 297

Acknowledgments 336

Index 339

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