The Crooked Path to Abolition

The Crooked Path to Abolition is richly rewarding and helps us see the full context of political decisions that put slavery on a course of ultimate extinction.

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Review of ‘The Crooked Path to Abolition’

Abraham Lincoln was not an abolitionist. Instead, as noted Civil War historian James Oakes believes, Lincoln’s evolving views on racial equality were based on an antislavery view of the Constitution. According to such a view, the text of the Constitution refers to people who were enslaved as “persons” and never as property, making it (with…

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