Final Freedom The Civil War, the Abolition of Slavery, and the Thirteenth Amendment

ISBN-10: 0521543843

ISBN-13: 9780521543842

Edition: 2004

Authors: Michael Vorenberg, Christopher Tomlins

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Final Freedom looks at the struggle among legal thinkers, politicians, and ordinary Americans in the North and the border states to find a way to abolish slavery that would overcome the inadequacies of the Emancipation Proclamation. Michael Vorenberg tells the dramatic story of the creation of a constitutional amendment and argues that the crucial consideration of emancipation happened after, not before the Emancipation Proclamation; that the debate over final freedom was shaped by a level of volatility in party politics underestimated by previous historians, and that the abolition of slavery by constitutional amendment represented a novel method of reform that transformed attitudes toward the Constitution. Michael Vorenberg is an assistant professor of history at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He was a research assistant to David Herbert Donald for his prize-winning biography, Lincoln, and he is a contributor to the Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association and the Reader's Companion to the American Presidency. This is his first book.
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List price: $35.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/26/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 324
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

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Slavery's Constitution
The Constitution, Slavery, and the Coming of the Civil War
The Secession Crisis: Amending the Constitution to Protect Slavery
Preserving the Constitution in the War for Emancipation
Freedom's Constitution
The Popular Origins of Universal Emancipation
Emancipation and Reconstruction, Republicans and Democrats
Presidential Emancipation: Lincoln's Reconstruction Proclamation
Congress Responds: Proposals for an Abolition Amendment
The Drafting of the Thirteenth Amendment
Facing Freedom
Legal Theory and Practical Politics
The Democracy Divided
African Americans and the Inadequacy of Constitutional Emancipation
Debating Freedom
The Antislavery Amendment and Republican Unity
Slavery, Union, and the Meaning of the War
Constitutional Freedom and Racial Equality
The Unconstitutional Constitutional Amendment
Dubious Victory
The Key Note of Freedom
A New Party, a New Amendment: The Radical Democrats
The "National Union Party" and the Amendment
Race, Reconstruction, and the Constitution: The Changing Context
Party Unity and Presidential Politics
The War within a War: Emancipation and the Election of 1864
The Parties Dividing
Peace Feelers and Peace Fiascoes
The Retreat from Niagara
Miscegenation and Abolition
State Politics and Abolition
A King's Cure
The New Campaign for Constitutional Emancipation
Lame Ducks, Lobbyists, and Lincoln
Confronting Constitutional Failure
The Final Vote
The Contested Legacy of Constitutional Freedom
The Meanings of Freedom: The Union States and Ratification
Securing the Union: The Confederate States and Ratification
Enacting the Amendment: Congress and Civil Rights
Legacies Denied: The Thirteenth Amendment in the Gilded Age
Legacies Preserved: The Thirteenth Amendment in the Twentieth Century
Votes on Antislavery Amendment
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