The Radical and the Republican: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Triumph of Antislavery Politics

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2007 - History - 328 pages
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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 met in the bloody landscape of secession, civil war and emancipation. Opponents at first, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln gradually became allies, each influenced by and attracted to the other. James Oakes brings these two iconic figures to life and sheds new light on the central issues of slavery, race and equality in Civil War America.
 

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Mr Oakes concludes this book with denial of writing a "dual biography." Despite this claim, the insight he provides with investigation of each man's words, Mr Oakes paints two near biographical ... Read full review

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Actually quite good, if a bit repetitive and in some place contradictory. Oakes clearly lays out Lincoln's longstanding opposition to slavery, as opposed to his abolition-by-convenience reputation ... Read full review

Contents

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V
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VI
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VII
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VIII
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IX
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X
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XI
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James Oaks is Graduate School Humanities Professor and Professor of History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

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