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Lincoln and the Politics of Slavery
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Lincoln and the Politics of Slavery: The Other Thirteenth Amendment and the Struggle to Save the Union

Daniel W. Crofts

Abstract

This landmark book 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. This book unearths the hidden his ... More

Keywords: US Constitution, Abraham Lincoln, William Henry Seward, Thomas Corwin, Republican Party, Other Thirteenth Amendment, Secession Crisis, Slavery, Slave States, Deep South, Border States

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781469627311
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627311.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel W. Crofts, author