Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865


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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.5 X 9.4 X 1.9 inches | 0.02 pounds

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About the Author

James Oakes is one of our foremost Civil War historians and a two-time winner of the Lincoln Prize for his works on the politics of abolition. He teaches at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.


Brilliant in analysis and compelling in argument, this is now the book to read on how slavery died.
This remarkable book offers the best account ever written of the complex historical process known as emancipation. The story is dramatic and compelling, and no one interested in the American Civil War or the fate of slavery can afford to ignore it.--Eric Foner, author of The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery
A masterful piece of scholarship.... A must-read book for anyone seeking a greater understanding of the complicated and politically charged nature of emancipation.--Robert I. Girardi
Freedom National provides the best account we have of the process of emancipation and the ultimate abolition of slavery, on the ground in the South and in the halls of power at Washington. It also makes clear that from the beginning, nearly all participants recognized that the central issue of the war was slavery and that its likely outcome was a new birth of freedom.--James M. McPherson, author of War on the Waters: The Union and Confederate Navies, 1861--1865