The Radical and the Republican: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Triumph of Antislavery Politics (Google eBook)
"A great American tale told with a deft historical eye, painstaking analysis, and a supple clarity of writing.”—Jean Baker“My husband considered you a dear friend,” Mary Todd Lincoln wrote to Frederick Douglass in the weeks after Lincoln’s assassination. The frontier lawyer and the former slave, the cautious politician and the fiery reformer, the President and the most famous black man in America—their lives traced different paths that finally met in the bloody landscape of secession, Civil War, and emancipation. Opponents at first, they gradually became allies, each influenced by and attracted to the other. Their three meetings in the White House signaled a profound shift in the direction of the Civil War, and in the fate of the United States. James Oakes has written a masterful narrative history, bringing two iconic figures to life and shedding new light on the central issues of slavery, race, and equality in Civil War America.
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the dadical and the republicanUser Review - Overstock.com
This book is an excellent read,the author shows the reader the the complexity of the political reality of 1860s america and the journey both of these great men took in the quest to destroy slavery. The book shows just how brillant lincoln was,he clearly understood the necessity of using the slave owners arrogance to destroy the system,thereby side steping the rampant racism present even in the north.Clearly lincolns wise strategy of political pragmatism to acheive the goal of the destruction of slavery was crucial in the preservation of the union.
Review: The Radical and the Republican: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Triumph of Antislavery PoliticsUser Review - Jessica~CoinOperatedJoy - Goodreads
the author was a bit repetitive and he was slow to draw parallels that were obvious. Also, I felt like I was reading someone's term paper rather then a book. I ended this feeling unsatisfied and bereft of a message. Not great. Read full review
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