Abraham Lincoln and a New Birth of Freedom: The Union and Slavery in the Diplomacy of the Civil War

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U of Nebraska Press, 1999 - Political Science - 236 pages
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In Abraham Lincoln and a New Birth of Freedom, Howard Jones explores the relationship between President Lincoln's wartime diplomacy and his interrelated goals of forming a more perfect Union and abolishing slavery. From the outset of the Civil War, Lincoln's central purpose was to save the Union by defeating the South on the battlefield. No less important was his need to prevent a European intervention that would have facilitated the South's move for independence. Lincoln's goal of preserving the Union, however, soon evolved into an effort to form a more perfect Union, one that rested on the natural rights principles of the Declaration of Independence and thus necessitated emancipation.
 

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It was very nice to read a book written about Lincoln from a different perspective. Jones discusses the Lincoln presidency in the context of slavery and foreign relations. There was much at stake ... Read full review

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Jones, history chair at the University of Alabama and author of Mutiny on the Amistad, here examines some of the most significant and intriguing topics in Civil War historiography: Lincoln ... Read full review

Contents

A Constitutional Right
19
Abraham Lincoln in the 1850s
21
Lincoln Slavery and Perpetual Union
34
Lincoln as president of the United States
35
Ixrd Palmerston British prime minister
42
uss San Jacinto firing on British mail steamer Trent
58
Napoleon III emperor of France
74
Emancipation by the Sword? Race War
83
Robert E Lee
102
Emancipation the Prelude
110
George B McClellan
114
William E Gladstone British chancellor of the exchequer
123
The Crisis over Intervention
128
Judah P Benjamin Confederate secretary of state
133
An Act
146
The great Union and emancipation meeting held
155

First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation
87

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Howard Jones is University Research Professor in the Department of History at the University of Alabama. He is the author of numerous books, including Mutiny on the Amistad: The Saga of a Slave Revolt and Its Impact on American Abolition, Law, and Diplomacy which provided the historical basis for the movie Amistad.

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