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

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Cambridge University Press, May 21, 2001 - History - 305 pages
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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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Final freedom: the Civil War, the abolition of slavery, and the Thirteenth Amendment

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This innovative, well-written work focuses on the emancipation of American slaves subsequent to the Emancipation Proclamation and leading up to the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, which ... Read full review

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I met the author at the Dole institute of Politics several weeks ago. I was impressed by his knowledge of the 13th Amendment and his humility. Spielberg used his book in the Movie "Lincoln" and in my ... Read full review

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Michael Vorenberg is Assistant Professor of History at Brown University.