Abraham Lincoln and the Road to Emancipation: 1861-1865

Abraham Lincoln and the Road to Emancipation In this comprehensive account of Abraham Lincoln s Emancipation Proclamation William K Klingaman takes a fresh look at what is arguably the most controversial reform in American history Taking the re

  • Title: Abraham Lincoln and the Road to Emancipation: 1861-1865
  • Author: William K. Klingaman
  • ISBN: 9780142000434
  • Page: 352
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this comprehensive account of Abraham Lincoln s Emancipation Proclamation, William K Klingaman takes a fresh look at what is arguably the most controversial reform in American history Taking the reader from Lincoln s inauguration through the Civil War to his tragic assassination, it uncovers the complex political and psychological pressures facing Lincoln in his consiIn this comprehensive account of Abraham Lincoln s Emancipation Proclamation, William K Klingaman takes a fresh look at what is arguably the most controversial reform in American history Taking the reader from Lincoln s inauguration through the Civil War to his tragic assassination, it uncovers the complex political and psychological pressures facing Lincoln in his consideration of the slavery question, including his decision to issue the proclamation without consulting any member of his cabinet, and his meticulous attention to every word of the document The book concludes with a discussion of what the Emancipation Proclamation really meant to four million newly freed blacks and its subsequent impact on race relations in America.

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    1. Aside from some quotes that are perhaps less well-known from our 16th president, there was not really anything new to the discussion on the issue of emancipation, Lincoln's motivations, machinations, and strategies. The last chapter on "Aftermath" seems hurried and very subdued, and the author seems to want to assign a lot of credit for the future of the civil rights movement and its eventual leaders (for which I think a strong argument can be made), but does not support his assertion with anyth [...]

    2. Certainly had higher hopes for this book. The book felt very much like a collection of anecdotes and quotes strung together in a book-length fashion. Often hard to take many of the stories seriously since the myth-making around Lincoln was incredible due to the timing of his death very soon after Appomattox. Little analysis or stringing together other than narratives provided by the author. Was looking for more historical analysis and interpretation. Also, I felt the author's coverage of the anx [...]

    3. This book covers the reasons and process behind the emancipation proclamation and the wrestle Lincoln had in bringing it about. It goes way more in depth and is far more honest in talking about the motives behind the proclamation than the sugar-coated lessons you get in school. It was definitely an eye-opener and a very interesting read.

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