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The crooked path to abolition : Abraham Lincoln and the antislavery Constitution / James Oakes.

Author/creator Oakes, James author.
Format Book and Print
EditionFirst edition.
Publication Info New York, N.Y. : W. W. Norton & Company, [2021]
Copyright Notice ©2021
Descriptionxxxii, 256 pages ; 22 cm
Contents "That glorious fabric of collected wisdom" : a brief history of the antislavery Constitution -- "Freedom is the rule, slavery is the exception" : the emergence of antislavery constitutionalism -- The antislavery project : Lincoln and antislavery politics -- "My ancient faith" : Lincoln, race, and the antislavery Constitution -- The forfeiture of rights : emancipation before the proclamation -- "A king's cure" : Lincoln and the origins of the Thirteenth Amendment.
Abstract "An award-winning scholar uncovers Lincoln's strategy for abolishing slavery in this groundbreaking history of the sectional crisis and Civil War. Some celebrate Lincoln for freeing the slaves; others fault him for a long-standing conservatism on abolition and race. James Oakes gives us another option in this brilliant exploration of Lincoln and the end of slavery. Through the unforeseen challenges of the Civil War crisis, Lincoln and the Republican party adhered to a clear antislavery strategy founded on the Constitution itself. All understood the limits to federal power in the slave states, and the need for state action to abolish slavery finally. But Lincoln and the Republicans claimed strong constitutional tools for federal action against slavery, and they used those tools consistently to undermine slavery, prevent its expansion, and pressure the slave states into abolition. This antislavery Constitution guided Lincoln and his allies as they navigated the sectional crisis and the Civil War. When the states finally ratified the Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery, it was a confirmation of a long-held vision"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages [209]-234) and index.
LCCN 2020030366
ISBN9781324005858 hardcover
ISBN1324005858 hardcover
ISBNelectronic publication
Standard identifier# 40030364743

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