Lincoln's Proclamation: Emancipation Reconsidered

Lincoln's Proclamation: Emancipation Reconsidered

by William A. Blair, Karen Fisher Younger
     
 

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The Emancipation Proclamation, widely remembered as the heroic act that ended slavery, in fact freed slaves only in states in the rebellious South. True emancipation was accomplished over a longer period and by several means. Essays by eight distinguished contributors consider aspects of the president's decision making, as well as events beyond Washington, offering

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The Emancipation Proclamation, widely remembered as the heroic act that ended slavery, in fact freed slaves only in states in the rebellious South. True emancipation was accomplished over a longer period and by several means. Essays by eight distinguished contributors consider aspects of the president's decision making, as well as events beyond Washington, offering 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. The essays portray emancipation as a product of many hands, best understood by considering all the actors, the place, and the time.
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 offers a useful look at how modern historians deal with emancipation.—Louisiana History

Provides an excellent history of the proclamation.—The Federal Lawyer

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807895412
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
11/01/2009
Series:
Steven and Janice Brose Lectures in the Civil War Era
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
248
File size:
4 MB

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Offering fresh and provocative scholarship, a wide range of views, and sure narrative styles, this volume will inspire comment and controversy and will instantly take its place as a standard text for students exploring the details of the emancipation story and looking for in-depth analysis of a subject that has only recently emerged from decades of scholarly neglect.—Harold Holzer, coeditor of Lincoln and Freedom: Slavery, Emancipation, and the Thirteenth Amendment

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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