Abraham Lincoln and the Road to Emancipation, 1861-1865

Abraham Lincoln and the Road to Emancipation, 1861-1865

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  • ePub
  • ISBN 9781101218709
  • 352 Pages
  • Penguin Books


In this comprehensive account of Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, William K. Klingaman takes a fresh look at what is arguably the most controversial reform in American history. Taking the reader from Lincoln’s inauguration through the Civil War to his tragic assassination, it uncovers the complex political and psychological pressures facing Lincoln in his consideration of the slavery question, including his decision to issue the proclamation without consulting any member of his cabinet, and his meticulous attention to every word of the document. The book concludes with a discussion of what the Emancipation Proclamation really meant to four million newly freed blacks and its subsequent impact on race relations in America.


“Lincoln emerges from this study . . . as an astute, troubled and effective defender of the Union.” Publishers Weekly

“A fine account of a brilliant piece of political strategy.” Kirkus Reviews

“Tightly focused and engagingly written.” Library Journal
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