9780807872208

Lincoln's Proclamation

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  • ISBN13:

    9780807872208

  • ISBN10:

    0807872202

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-02-01
  • Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Pr

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Summary

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.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. l
Lincoln and the Preconditions for Emancipation: The Moral Grandeur of a Bill of Ladingp. 13
Colonization and the Myth That Lincoln Prepared the People for Emancipationp. 45
Whatever Shall Appear to Be God's Will, I Will Do: The Chicago Initiative and Lincoln's Proclamationp. 75
But What Did the Slaves Think of Lincoln?p. 102
War, Gender, and Emancipation in the Civil War Southp. 120
Abraham Lincoln's "Fellow Citizens"-Before and After Emancipationp. 151
Slaves, Servants, and Soldiers: Uneven Paths to Freedom in the Border States, 1861-1865p. 170
Celebrating Freedom: The Problem of Emancipation in Public Commemorationp. 195
Contributorsp. 221
Indexp. 223
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