Scorpion's Sting Antislavery and the Coming of the Civil War

ISBN-10: 0393239934

ISBN-13: 9780393239935

Edition: 2014

Authors: James Oakes

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Surrounded by a ring of fire, the scorpion stings itself todeath. The image, widespread among antislavery leadersbefore the Civil War, captures their long-standing strategy forpeaceful abolition: they would surround the slave states witha cordon of freedom, which would induce slaves to escapein ever-greater numbers, undermine the Southern economy,and finally lead to voluntary state abolition. The strategyanimated Lincoln and his party in their efforts to use federalpower to contain slavery; it was the reason the Southernstates seceded when Lincoln was elected president.The scorpion’s sting is the centerpiece of this fresh, incisiveexploration of slavery and the Civil War: Was there a peacefulroute to abolition? Could the Civil War have been avoided?Was Lincoln late to emancipation? What role did race play inthe politics of slavery? James Oakes examines these big questionswith startling results.
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List price: $23.95
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/19/2014
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 208
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

James Oakes is the author of several acclaimed books on slavery and the Civil War. His most recent book, Freedom National, won the Lincoln Prize and was a long-list selection for the National Book Award. He lives in New York City.

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