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Final Freedom: The Civil War, the Abolition of Slavery, and the Thirteenth Amendment (Cambridge Historical Studies in American Law and Society)

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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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Focusing on the making and meaning of the Thirteenth Amendment, Final Freedom looks at the struggle among legal thinkers, politicians, and ordinary Americans to find a way to abolish slavery that would overcome the inadequacies of the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863.

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Final Freedom is a must-read for anyone interested in the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, the Constitution, or slavery. In 1863, Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which did not actually free any slaves. This book details the fate of emancipation after the Proclamation, focusing on the making and meaning of the Thirteenth Amendment, which abolished slavery just after the Civil War ended in 1865. Final Freedom tells the dramatic story of the creation of a constitutional amendment and reveals an unprecedented transformation in American race relations, politics, and constitutional thought.

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Focusing on the Thirteenth Amendment, this book examines emancipation after the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863.

About the Author

Michael Vorenberg is Assistant Professor of History at Brown University.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Slavery's constitution; 2. Freedom's constitution; 3. Facing freedom; 4. Debating freedom: Congress and the Thirteenth Amendment; 5. The key note of freedom: presidential politics and the Thirteenth Amendment; 6. The war within a war: emancipation and the election of 1864; 7. A King's cure: adopting the Thirteenth Amendment; 8. The contested legacy of constitutional freedom.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521543842
Editor:
Tomlins, Christopher
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Author:
Vorenberg, Michael
Author:
Tomlins, Christopher
Location:
New York
Subject:
United States - Civil War
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
United States.--President (1861-1865: Lincoln
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Constitutional history -- United States.
Subject:
US History-19th Century
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Cambridge Historical Studies in American Law and Society
Publication Date:
20040731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
324
Dimensions:
8.98x6.00x.90 in. .97 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Focusing on the making and meaning of the Thirteenth Amendment, Final Freedom looks at the struggle among legal thinkers, politicians, and ordinary Americans to find a way to abolish slavery that would overcome the inadequacies of the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863.
"Synopsis" by , Final Freedom is a must-read for anyone interested in the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, the Constitution, or slavery. In 1863, Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which did not actually free any slaves. This book details the fate of emancipation after the Proclamation, focusing on the making and meaning of the Thirteenth Amendment, which abolished slavery just after the Civil War ended in 1865. Final Freedom tells the dramatic story of the creation of a constitutional amendment and reveals an unprecedented transformation in American race relations, politics, and constitutional thought.
"Synopsis" by , Focusing on the Thirteenth Amendment, this book examines emancipation after the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863.
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