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

By William K. Klingaman

The Emancipation Proclamation ceaselessly replaced the process American background. In Abraham Lincoln and the line to Emancipation, William Klingaman presents a much-needed renowned background of the making of the Emancipation Proclamation and its next influence on race family members in America.

In the culture of Garry Wills's award-winning Lincoln at Gettysburg, Klingaman reconstructs the occasions that resulted in Lincoln's momentous determination. he's taking us from Lincoln's inauguration in the course of the outbreak of the Civil conflict and the Confederates' early army victories. regardless of the Abolitionists' urging, Lincoln used to be reluctant to factor an edict liberating the slaves lest it alienate unswerving border states. A succession of army reverses led Lincoln to attempt to procure congressional approval of slow, compensated emancipation. but if all his plans failed, Lincoln eventually begun drafting an emancipation proclamation as an army weapon-what he defined as his "last card" opposed to the rebellion.

Finally issued on January 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation didn't finish the war-or slavery-overnight, and Klingaman follows the tale via extra years of bloody warfare earlier than ultimate Union victory and Lincoln's tragic assassination. The e-book concludes with a short dialogue of the way the Emancipation Proclamation-its language and the situations during which it was once issued-have formed American background.

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As Lincoln made his way to the small, rickety table that served as the podium, his face looked flushed, his lips compressed in determination. He bowed to acknowledge the cheers, then stood awkwardly for a moment, trying to decide where to put his new silk hat. Senator Douglas stepped forward gracefully, murmured, “Permit me, sir,” and held the hat for the rest of the ceremony. Lincoln put on his steel-rimmed spectacles and arranged his manuscript on the table, using the golden head of his cane to keep the papers in place against the gusty wind.

When Lincoln finished, Taney tottered forward in his black silk robe. As the chief justice held out to Lincoln a gilt-clasped Bible bound in cinnamon velvet, all those on the platform removed their hats. After Lincoln took the oath of office, the crowd gave its loudest cheer of the afternoon, and men flung their hats in the air. The batteries at the north end of the Capitol gave a thundering salute, answered by the rifle volleys of the militia honor guard. The nation had its first Republican president.

Those who visited the White House,” recalled Carl Schurz, “saw there a man of unconventional manners, who, without the slightest effort to put on dignity, treated all men alike, much like old neighbors . . ” Nearly every visitor was treated to at least one of Lincoln’s seemingly inexhaustible supply of stories (some of them off-color), delivered with gusto. ” Lincoln’s appearance continued to draw comments. ” Yet by the time Strong left a conference at the Executive Mansion, he concluded that Lincoln was “a most sensible, straightforward, honest old codger” and the best American president since Andrew Jackson.

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