Emancipation Proclamation A Brief History with Documents

ISBN-10: 0312435819

ISBN-13: 9780312435813

Edition: 2010

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Within months of Lincoln's 1860 election, the Confederate states seceded and the Civil War began. In his inaugural address Lincoln vowed not to interfere with slavery and even endorsed a constitutional amendment to protect it. Yet two years later Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing slaves in the rebellious states, transforming the goals of the war, and setting the stage for national emancipation. In this volume Michael Vorenberg reveals the complexity of the process by which African-Americans gained freedom and explores the struggle over its meaning. The introduction summarizes the history and national debate over slavery from the country's founding through the Civil War and beyond, and more than 40 documents and images give voice to the range of actors who participated in this vital drama Lincoln and Douglass, slaves and slaveholders, black and white men and women working for abolition, and northern and southern editorialists. In addition, essays by contemporary historians Ira Berlin and James McPherson argue the question of who freed the slaves. Document headnotes, a chronology, questions for consideration, and a selected bibliography encourage student learning.
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Book details

List price: $20.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 1/5/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

List of Illustrations
The Making and Meaning of Emancipation
Slavery, Freedom, and the Coming of the Civil War
Making a War for Emancipation
The Promise of Emancipation
The Contested Memory of Emancipation
The Documents
The Problem of Slavery at the Start of the Civil War
Abraham Lincoln, Cooper Union Address, February 27, 1860
Abraham Lincoln, Letter to Lyman Trumbull, December 10, 1861
Abraham Lincoln, Letter to Alexander H. Stephens, December 22, 1861
Alexander H. Stephens, Cornerstone Speech, March 21, 1861
Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural, March 4, 1861
The Impact of the Civil War on Slavery
John J. Cheatham, Letter to L. P. Walker, May 4, 1861
Benjamin Butler, Letter to Winfield Scott, May 24, 1861
Abraham Lincoln, Letter to Orville Browning, September 22, 1861
The Pacific Appeal, Editorial on Emancipation, June 14, 1862
George B. McClellan, Harrison���s Landing Letter, July 7, 186
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