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Abraham Lincoln and a new birth of freedom : the Union and slavery in the diplomacy of the Civil War /
Howard Jones.
imprint
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c1999.
description
xii, 236 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0803225822 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c1999.
isbn
0803225822 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
3149896
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Howard Jones is University Research Professor in the Department of History at the University of Alabama
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 1999-11-01:
Jones, history chair at the University of Alabama and author of Mutiny on the Amistad, here examines some of the most significant and intriguing topics in Civil War historiography: Lincoln, emancipation, and diplomacy. His focus is on Lincoln's attitude toward slavery and the Constitution and his efforts to prevent European intervention into the American Civil War. Facing head on the charge that Lincoln was lukewarm on the slavery issue, he argues that the President moved as quickly as public opinion would allow to abolish the institution and make the nation more democratic, hoping his actions might discourage outsiders from supporting the Confederacy. Though Lincoln-centered literature already abounds, this concise and focused study updates older works such as Jay Monaghan's A Diplomat in Carpet Slippers and is shorter and more focused than Jones's Union in Peril: The Crisis in British Intervention in the Civil War (LJ 11/1/92). A tremendously readable study that promises to become a classic; highly recommended for academic and larger public libraries.ÄTheresa McDevitt, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Indiana (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2000-01-01:
In this informative, important study, Jones (Univ. of Alabama) builds on a foundation laid in his Union in Peril (CH, Mar'93) to expand dramatically the interpretation of Civil War diplomacy beyond a simplistic antislavery versus King Cotton with the addition of the quixotic, imperial visions of Napoleon III. According to Jones, other major factors prompting the French regime and many British leaders to weigh intervention in the US Civil War were a pervasive belief (until July 1863) that the Union could not prevail and a simple humanitarian revulsion over the dreadful carnage, similar to motivation for recent interventions in Bosnia, Kosovo, and now East Timor. The Lincoln portrayed in this book is much more progressive than the old consensus, the persuasive recent writings of such scholars as Brooks D. Simpson and Herman Belz, and a preponderance of fact would suggest. Like many 1990s scholars, Jones shows Lincoln as an ardent emancipationist eager to slip the restraints of Northern and border-state public opinion, not a man held back by constitutional imperatives and popular whim. Jones's evidence is selective but not wholly unpersuasive. All in all, a valuable study of great importance to Lincoln and Civil War scholarship. General readers; upper-division undergraduates and above. R. A. Fischer; University of Minnesota--Duluth
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"[An] informative, important study [that] builds on a foundation laid in his Union in Peril to expand dramatically the interpretation of Civil War diplomacy. . . . A valuable study of great importance."Choice
"[An] informative, important study [that] builds on a foundation laid in his Union in Peril to expand dramatically the interpretation of Civil War diplomacy. . . . A valuable study of great importance." Choice
"A tremendously readable study that promises to become a classic."-Library Journal
"A tremendously readable study that promises to become a classic."Library Journal
"A tremendously readable study that promises to become a classic." Library Journal
"A well-written and succinct account of the role slavery played in the struggles over foreign intervention during the American Civil War. . . . [It] should be welcomed as the best synthesis available of Union diplomacy during the Civil War."Filson Club History Quarterly
"A well-written and succinct account of the role slavery played in the struggles over foreign intervention during the American Civil War. . . . [It] should be welcomed as the best synthesis available of Union diplomacy during the Civil War." Filson Club History Quarterly
"Engrossing. . . . A fine achievement of historical scholarship."-Booklist
"Engrossing. . . . A fine achievement of historical scholarship."Booklist
"Engrossing. . . . A fine achievement of historical scholarship." Booklist
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Summaries
Main Description
InAbraham Lincoln and a New Birth of Freedom, Howard Jones explores the relationship between President Lincoln's wartime diplomacy and his interrelated goals of forming a more perfect Union and abolishing slavery. From the outset of the Civil War, Lincoln's central purpose was to save the Union by defeating the South on the battlefield. No less important was his need to prevent a European intervention that would have facilitated the South's move for independence. Lincoln's goal of preserving the Union, however, soon evolved into an effort to form a more perfect Union, one that rested on the natural rights principles of the Declaration of Independence and thus necessitated emancipation.
Main Description
In Abraham Lincoln and a New Birth of Freedom , Howard Jones explores the relationship between President Lincoln's wartime diplomacy and his interrelated goals of forming a more perfect Union and abolishing slavery. From the outset of the Civil War, Lincoln's central purpose was to save the Union by defeating the South on the battlefield. No less important was his need to prevent a European intervention that would have facilitated the South's move for independence. Lincoln's goal of preserving the Union, however, soon evolved into an effort to form a more perfect Union, one that rested on the natural rights principles of the Declaration of Independence and thus necessitated emancipation.
Publisher Fact Sheet
This book explores the relationship between President Lincoln's wartime diplomacy & his interrelated goals of forming a more perfect Union & abolishing slavery.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. x
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Prologue: To Preserve the Unionp. 1
Lincoln on Slavery: A Constitutional Right and a Moral Wrongp. 19
Lincoln, Slavery, and Perpetual Unionp. 34
Southern Slavery, Northern Freedom: The Central Dilemma of the Republicp. 56
Emancipation by the Sword? Race War and Antietam as Catalysts to Interventionp. 83
"Days of Grace": Emancipation the Prelude to Foreign Intervention?p. 110
Autumn of Discontent: The Crisis over Interventionp. 128
The Emancipation Proclamation: An Act of Justice, Warranted by ... Military Necessityp. 146
The Final Impact of Slavery on Intervention: Napoleon's Grand Design for the Americasp. 163
Epilogue: To Create a More Perfect Unionp. 187
Notesp. 193
Bibliographical Essayp. 223
Indexp. 225
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