Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation

Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation

The End of Slavery in America

Book - 2004
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Baker & Taylor
An analysis of the Emancipation Proclamation addresses such issues as its unfavorable comparison to more eloquent Lincoln addresses and its questionable reflection of Lincoln's character.

Baker
& Taylor

An authoritative analysis of the Emancipation Proclamation addresses such issues as its unfavorable comparison to more eloquent Lincoln addresses and its questionable reflection of Lincoln's character, drawing on historical documents to reveal the president's purposes in planning and issuing the Proclamation. 35,000 first printing.

Simon and Schuster
I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves...are, and henceforward shall be free....No other words in American history changed the lives of so many Americans as this plain, blunt declaration from Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. But no other words in American history have been so often passed over or held up to greater suspicion.Born in the struggle of Lincoln's determination to set slavery on the path to destruction, it has remained a document of struggle, as conflicting interpretations and historical mysteries swirl around it. What were Lincoln's real intentions? Was he the Great Emancipator or just a Great Fixer? What slaves did the Proclamation actually free? Or did the slaves free themselves? Why is the language of the Proclamation so bland, so legalistic, so far from the soaring eloquence of the Gettysburg Address?Prizewinning Lincoln scholar Allen C. Guelzo presents, for the first time, a full scale study of Lincoln's greatest state paper. Using unpublished letters and documents, little- known accounts from Civil War-era newspapers, and Congressional memoirs and correspondence, Guelzo tells the story of the complicated web of statesmen, judges, slaves, and soldiers who accompanied, and obstructed, Abraham Lincoln on the path to the Proclamation.The crisis of a White House at war, of plots in Congress and mutiny in the Army, of one man's will to turn the nation's face toward freedom -- all these passionate events come alive in a powerful and moving narrative of Lincoln's, and the Civil War's, greatest moment.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2004
ISBN: 9780743221825
0743221826
Branch Call Number: 973.714 GUE
Characteristics: xiii, 332 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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