Lincoln's Hundred Days The Emancipation Proclamation and the War for the Union The Emancipation Proclamation and the War for the Union (Hardcover)
|Author: Louis P. Masur|
|Masur tells the story of the period between September 22, 1862, when Lincoln issued his preliminary Proclamation, and January 1, 1863, when he signed the significantly altered decree.|
From the Publisher:
?The time has come now,? Abraham Lincoln told his cabinet as he presented the preliminary draft of a ?Proclamation of Emancipation.? Lincoln's effort to end slavery has been controversial from its inception?when it was denounced by some as an unconstitutional usurpation and by others as an inadequate half-measure?up to the present, as historians have discounted its import and impact. At the sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, Louis Masur seeks to restore the document's reputation by exploring its evolution.
Masur presents a fresh portrait of Lincoln as a complex figure who worried about, listened to, debated, prayed for, and even joked with his country, and then followed his conviction in directing America toward a terrifying and thrilling unknown.