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Author Vorenberg, Michael, 1964-
Title Final freedom : the Civil War, the abolition of slavery, and the Thirteenth Amendment / Michael Vorenberg.
Imprint Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Author Vorenberg, Michael, 1964-
Series Cambridge historical studies in American law and society
Cambridge historical studies in American law and society.
Subject United States. President (1861-1865 : Lincoln). Emancipation Proclamation.
United States. Constitution. 13th Amendment.
Slaves -- Emancipation -- United States.
African Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 19th century.
Constitutional history -- United States.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- African Americans.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1861-1865.
Description 1 online resource (xviii, 305 pages) : illustrations.
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-296) and index.
Contents List of illustrations -- Acknowledgments -- List of abbreviations -- Introduction -- Slavery's Constitution : Constitution, slavery, and the coming of the Civil War ; Secession crisis : amending the Constitution to protect slavery ; Preserving the Constitution in the War for Emancipation -- Freedom's Constitution : Popular origins of universal emancipation ; Emancipation and reconstruction, Republicans and Democrats ; Presidential emancipation : Lincoln's Reconstruction Proclamation ; Congress responds : proposals for an abolition amendment ; Drafting of the thirteenth amendment -- Facing freedom : Legal theory and practical politics ; Democracy divided ; African Americans and the inadequacy of constitutional emancipation -- Debating freedom : Antislavery amendment and Republican unity ; Slavery, Union, and the meaning of the war ; Constitutional freedom and racial equality ; Unconstitutional constitutional amendment ; Dubious victory -- Key note of freedom : New party, a new amendment : the radical Democrats ; National Union Party and the amendment ; Race, reconstruction, and the Constitution : the changing context ; Party unity and presidential politics -- War within a war : emancipation and the election of 1864 : Parties dividing ; Peace feelers and peace fiascoes ; Retreat from Niagara ; Miscegenation and abolition ; State politics and abolition -- King's cure : New campaign for constitutional emancipation ; Lame ducks, lobbyists, and Lincoln ; Confronting constitutional failure ; Final vote -- Contested legacy of constitutional freedom : Meanings of freedom : the Union states and ratification ; Securing the union : the Confederate states and ratification ; Enacting the amendment : Congress and civil rights ; Legacies denied : the thirteenth amendment in the gilded age ; Legacies preserved : the thirteenth amendment in the 20th century -- Appendix : Votes on antislavery amendment.
Summary "This book examines emancipation after the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 and during the last years of the American Civil War. Focusing on the making and meaning of the Thirteenth Amendment, Final Freedom looks at the struggle among legal thinkers, politicians, and ordinary Americans in the North and the border states to find a way to abolish slavery that would overcome the inadequacies of the Emancipation Proclamation. The book tells the dramatic story of the creation of a constitutional amendment and reveals an unprecedented transformation in American race relations, politics, and constitutional thought. Using a wide array of archival and published sources, Professor Vorenberg argues that the crucial consideration of emancipation occurred after, not before, the Emancipation Proclamation; that the debate over final freedom was shaped by a level of volatility in society and politics underestimated by prior historians; and that the abolition of slavery by constitutional amendment represented a novel method of reform that transformed attitudes toward the Constitution."--Jacket.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 0511040520 (electronic bk.)
9780511040528 (electronic bk.)
0521652677 (hbk.)
9780521652674 (hbk.)
0511117779 (electronic bk.)
9780511117770 (electronic bk.)
0521543843 (pbk.)
9780521543842 (pbk.)
9780511511691 (electronic bk.)
0511511698 (electronic bk.)
9780511048296 (electronic bk.)
0511048297 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 56212002
Additional Format Print version: Vorenberg, Michael, 1964- Final freedom. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001 0521652677 (DLC) 00063028 (OCoLC)44860844

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