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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.
|Publisher:||The University of North Carolina Press|
|Series:||Steven and Janice Brose Lectures in the Civil War Era Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)|
About 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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Written in an accessible style that will appeal to general readers, these essays are also certain to draw the attention of scholars and students of Lincoln and, particularly, of emancipation during the Civil War. This volume is an important addition to a growing body of scholarship.Joseph P. Reidy, Howard University
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