Lincoln's Hundred Days The Emancipation Proclamation and the War for the Union

ISBN-10: 0674066901

ISBN-13: 9780674066908

Edition: 2012

Authors: Louis P. Masur

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“The time has come now,” Abraham Lincoln told his cabinet as he presented the preliminary draft of a “Proclamation of Emancipation.” Lincoln’s effort to end slavery has been controversial from its inception—when it was denounced by some as an unconstitutional usurpation and by others as an inadequate half-measure—up to the present, as historians have discounted its import and impact. At the sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, Louis Masur seeks to restore the document’s reputation by exploring its evolution.Lincoln’s Hundred Days is the first book to tell the full story of the critical period between September 22, 1862, when Lincoln issued his preliminary Proclamation, and January 1, 1863, when he signed the final, significantly altered, decree. In those tumultuous hundred days, as battlefield deaths mounted, debate raged. Masur commands vast primary sources to portray the daily struggles and enormous consequences of the president’s efforts as Lincoln led a nation through war and toward emancipation. With his deadline looming, Lincoln hesitated and calculated, frustrating friends and foes alike, as he reckoned with the anxieties and expectations of millions. We hear these concerns, from poets, cabinet members and foreign officials, from enlisted men on the front and free blacks as well as slaves.Masur presents a fresh portrait of Lincoln as a complex figure who worried about, listened to, debated, prayed for, and even joked with his country, and then followed his conviction in directing America toward a terrifying and thrilling unknown.
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 9/22/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 310
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

Louis P.Masur, a professor of history at the City University of New York and the editor of Reviews in American History, is the author of Rites of Execution: Capital Punishment and the Transformation of American Culture, 1776-1865. He lives in New Jersey.

Prologue September 22, 1862: Lincoln Tells a Story
The Path to the Preliminary Proclamation
Toward Emancipation
Messages and Measures
A New Departure
Movement
One Hundred Days
Judgments
The Reactions of Scholars and Soldiers
Intervention and Election Fever
"We Cannot Escape History"
Standing Firm
The Proclamation and Beyond
Jubilee
"Men of Color, To Arms!"
"It Can Not Be Retracted"
Emancipation Triumphant
Epilogue April 4, 1865: Lincoln Visits Richmond
Appendix Texts of the Emancipation Proclamation
Notch
Acknowledgments
Index
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