Abraham Lincoln and the Road to Emancipation by William K. Klingaman

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In this comprehensive account of Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, William K. Klingaman takes a fresh look at what is arguably the most controversial reform in American history. Taking the reader from Lincoln's inauguration through the Civil War to his tragic assassination, it uncovers the complex political and psychological pressures facing Lincoln in his consideration of the slavery question, including his decision to issue the proclamation without consulting any member of his cabinet, and his meticulous attention to every word of the document. The book concludes with a discussion of what the Emancipation Proclamation really meant to four million newly freed blacks and its subsequent impact on race relations in America.

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WILLIAM K. KLINGAMAN has taught at the University of Virginia and the University of Maryland. He is the author of six previous books, including narrative histories of the years 1918, 1929 and 1941. NICHOLAS P. KLINGAMAN holds a Ph.D. in Meteorology from the University of Reading.
Published March 19, 2001 by Penguin Books. 352 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction

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When the time seemed ripe, he issued the proclamation: a turgid, legalistic document announcing abolition as a strictly military measure (it abolished slavery only in rebel-held territory).

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