Lincoln's Proclamation: Emancipation Reconsidered [NOOK Book]

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Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation is popularly regarded as a heroic act by a great American president. Widely remembered as the document that ended slavery, the proclamation in fact freed slaves only in the rebellious South (and not in the Border States, where slavery remained legal) and, effectively, only in the parts of the South occupied by the Union. Questions persist regarding Lincoln's moral conviction and the extent to which ...
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Lincoln's Proclamation: Emancipation Reconsidered

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Overview

Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation is popularly regarded as a heroic act by a great American president. Widely remembered as the document that ended slavery, the proclamation in fact freed slaves only in the rebellious South (and not in the Border States, where slavery remained legal) and, effectively, only in the parts of the South occupied by the Union. Questions persist regarding Lincoln's moral conviction and the extent to which the proclamation truly represented a radical stance on the issue of freedom.

The eight distinguished contributors to this volume assess the proclamation by considering not only aspects of the president's decision making, but also events beyond Washington. The proclamation provides a launching point for new insights on the consequences and legacies of freedom, the engagement of black Americans in their liberation, and the issues of citizenship and rights that were not decided by Lincoln's document. Together the essays portray emancipation as a product of many hands, best understood by considering all the various actors, the place, and the time.

Contributors:
William A. Blair, The Pennsylvania State University
Richard Carwardine, University of Oxford
Paul Finkelman, Albany Law School
Louis Gerteis, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Steven Hahn, University of Pennsylvania
Stephanie McCurry, University of Pennsylvania
Mark E. Neely Jr., The Pennsylvania State University
Michael Vorenberg, Brown University
Karen Fisher Younger, The Pennsylvania State University

The contributors are William A. Blair, Richard Carwardine, Paul Finkelman, Louis Gerteis, Steven Hahn, Stephanie McCurry, Mark E. Neely Jr., Michael Vorenberg, and Karen Fisher Younger.
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"This volume presents carefully constructed analyses of new issues, refreshing contributions to old debates, and a basic initiation into emancipation scholarship. Scholars looking for new approaches to the diverse literature on Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation would be wise to start their reading with this book." --The Journal of Southern History

"Common themes emerge within this complex interweaving of subject matter and interests. . . . Represents the best of current scholarship on Abraham Lincoln."--Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

"Provides an excellent history of the proclamation."--The Federal Lawyer

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Meet the Author

William Blair is professor of U.S. history and director of the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center at the Pennsylvania State University. He is author of Cities of the Dead: Contesting the Memory of the Civil War in the South.

Karen Fisher Younger is an independent scholar who lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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