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Lincoln's Proclamation: Emancipation Reconsidered

Lincoln's Proclamation: Emancipation Reconsidered (Hardback)

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This book helps you understand the effects of the most famous wartime document in U.S. history. 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.

History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450/1500History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalModern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSlavery & abolition of slaveryHistory & PoliticsMilitary HistoryAmerican Civil WarHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyHistory of the Americas Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press Publication Date: 15/10/2009 ISBN-13: 9780807833162  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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WILLIAM A. 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 (UNC Press). KAREN FISHER YOUNGER is managing director of the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center and managing editor of the journal Civil War History.

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