Final Freedom: The Civil War, the Abolition of Slavery, and the Thirteenth Amendment / Edition 1

Final Freedom: The Civil War, the Abolition of Slavery, and the Thirteenth Amendment / Edition 1

ISBN-10:
0521543843
ISBN-13:
9780521543842
Pub. Date:
12/31/2003
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
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Final Freedom: The Civil War, the Abolition of Slavery, and the Thirteenth Amendment / Edition 1

Final Freedom looks at the struggle among legal thinkers, politicians, and ordinary Americans in the North and the border states to find a way to abolish slavery that would overcome the inadequacies of the Emancipation Proclamation. Michael Vorenberg tells the dramatic story of the creation of a constitutional amendment and argues that the crucial consideration of emancipation happened after, not before the Emancipation Proclamation; that the debate over final freedom was shaped by a level of volatility in party politics underestimated by previous historians, and that the abolition of slavery by constitutional amendment represented a novel method of reform that transformed attitudes toward the Constitution. Michael Vorenberg is an assistant professor of history at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He was a research assistant to David Herbert Donald for his prize-winning biography, Lincoln, and he is a contributor to the Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association and the Reader's Companion to the American Presidency. This is his first book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521543842
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/31/2003
Series: Cambridge Historical Studies in American Law and Society Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 324
Sales rank: 650,223
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction; 1. Slavery's constitution; 2. Freedom's constitution; 3. Facing freedom; 4. Debating freedom; 5. The key note of freedom; 6. The war within a war: emancipation and the election of 1864; 7. A King's cure; 8. The contested legacy of constitutional freedom; Appendix: votes on antislavery amendment; Bibliography; Index.

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