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Author Crofts, Daniel W., author.

Title Lincoln and the politics of slavery : the other Thirteenth Amendment and the struggle to save the union / Daniel W. Crofts.

Publication Info. Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2016]


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Description 356 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Civil War America
Civil War America (Series)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-338) and index.
Contents Prologue : The bread pill -- The antebellum context : The abolition movement and the problem of the Constitution ; Antislavery politics and the problem of the constitution ; The Republican Party, Abraham Lincoln, and the problem of the Constitution -- Origins of the other Thirteenth Amendment : Mutual misconceptions ; The Seward amendment ; The Corwin amendment -- Debating the other Thirteenth Amendment : Reaching across the abyss ; The unfazed and the alarmed ; The amendment assessed -- The abortive launch : Congress acts ; The president speaks ; The ratification fizzle -- Epilogue One : James M. Ashley and the Thirteenth Amendment -- Epilogue Two : John A. Bingham and the Fourteenth Amendment.
Summary "In this landmark book, Daniel Crofts examines a little-known episode in the most celebrated aspect of Abraham Lincoln's life: his role as the "Great Emancipator." Lincoln always hated slavery, but he also believed it to be legal where it already existed, and he never imagined fighting a war to end it. In 1861, as part of a last-ditch effort to preserve the Union and prevent war, the new president even offered to accept a constitutional amendment that barred Congress from interfering with slavery in the slave states. Lincoln made this key overture in his first inaugural address. Crofts unearths the hidden history and political maneuvering behind the stillborn attempt to enact this amendment, the polar opposite of the actual Thirteenth Amendment of 1865 that ended slavery. This compelling book sheds light on an overlooked element of Lincoln's statecraft and presents a relentlessly honest portrayal of America's most admired president. Crofts rejects the view advanced by some Lincoln scholars that the wartime momentum toward emancipation originated well before the first shots were fired. Lincoln did indeed become the "Great Emancipator," but he had no such intention when he first took office. Only amid the crucible of combat did the war to save the Union become a war for freedom."--Jacket.
Subject Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 -- Political and social views.
United States. Constitution. 13th Amendment -- History.
Slaves -- Emancipation -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Slavery -- Law and legislation -- United States -- History.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865. (OCoLC)fst00030184
Constitution (United States) (OCoLC)fst01356075
Political and social views. (OCoLC)fst01353986
Slavery -- Law and legislation. (OCoLC)fst01120465
Slaves -- Emancipation. (OCoLC)fst01120540
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Chronological Term 1800-1899
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9781469627311 (cloth ; alk. paper)
1469627310 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9781469627328 (ebook)

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