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Father Abraham

Lincoln's relentless struggle to end slavery

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This edition published in by Oxford University Press in New York.

Written in English

Lincoln is the single most compelling figure in our history, but also one of the most enigmatic. Was he the Great Emancipator, a man of deep convictions who ended slavery in the United States, or simply a reluctant politician compelled by the force of events to free the slaves? In Father Abraham , Richard Striner offers a fresh portrait of Lincoln, one that helps us make sense of his many contradictions. Striner shows first that, if you examine the speeches that Lincoln made in the 1850s, you will have no doubt of his passion to end slavery. These speeches illuminate the anger, vehemence, and sheer brilliance of candidate Lincoln, who worked up crowds with charismatic fervor as he gathered a national following. But if he felt so passionately about abolition, why did he wait so long to release the Emancipation Proclamation? As Striner points out, politics is the art of the possible, and Lincoln was a consummate politician, a shrewd manipulator who cloaked his visionary ethics in the more pragmatic garb of the coalition-builder. He was at bottom a Machiavellian prince for a democratic age. When secession began, Lincoln used the battle cry of saving the Union to build a power base, one that would eventually break the slave-holding states forever. Striner argues that Lincoln was a rare man indeed: a fervent idealist and a crafty politician with a remarkable gift for strategy. It was the harmonious blend of these two qualities, Striner concludes, that made Lincoln's role in ending slavery so fundamental. Father Abraham challenges recent portraits of Lincoln as an essentially passive politician and reluctant abolitionist.

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Father Abraham: Lincoln's Relentless Struggle to End Slavery
April 20, 2007, Oxford University Press, USA
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Father Abraham: Lincoln's relentless struggle to end slavery
2006, Oxford University Press
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Father Abraham

Lincoln's relentless struggle to end slavery

First published in 2006



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Lincoln is the single most compelling figure in our history, but also one of the most enigmatic. Was he the Great Emancipator, a man of deep convictions who ended slavery in the United States, or simply a reluctant politician compelled by the force of events to free the slaves? In Father Abraham , Richard Striner offers a fresh portrait of Lincoln, one that helps us make sense of his many contradictions. Striner shows first that, if you examine the speeches that Lincoln made in the 1850s, you will have no doubt of his passion to end slavery. These speeches illuminate the anger, vehemence, and sheer brilliance of candidate Lincoln, who worked up crowds with charismatic fervor as he gathered a national following. But if he felt so passionately about abolition, why did he wait so long to release the Emancipation Proclamation? As Striner points out, politics is the art of the possible, and Lincoln was a consummate politician, a shrewd manipulator who cloaked his visionary ethics in the more pragmatic garb of the coalition-builder. He was at bottom a Machiavellian prince for a democratic age. When secession began, Lincoln used the battle cry of saving the Union to build a power base, one that would eventually break the slave-holding states forever. Striner argues that Lincoln was a rare man indeed: a fervent idealist and a crafty politician with a remarkable gift for strategy. It was the harmonious blend of these two qualities, Striner concludes, that made Lincoln's role in ending slavery so fundamental. Father Abraham challenges recent portraits of Lincoln as an essentially passive politician and reluctant abolitionist.

Father Abraham

Lincoln's relentless struggle to end slavery

This edition published in by Oxford University Press in New York.


Table of Contents

Lincoln and slavery : the problem
Lincoln and free soil, 1854-1858
Lincoln and slavery : containment, 1859-1861
Lincoln and emancipation, 1861-1862
Lincoln and the war to the death, 1863
Lincoln and the worst-case future, 1864
Lincoln and the best-case future, 1864-1865.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
973.7/092
Library of Congress
E457.2 .S89 2006

The Physical Object

Format
Hardcover
Pagination
308 p.
Dimensions
24 x x centimeters

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL3407303M
ISBN 10
0195183061
ISBN 13
9780195183061
LC Control Number
2005023083
Library Thing
1188040
Goodreads
1691987

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