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Abraham Lincoln and a New Birth of Freedom: The Union and Slavery in the…

by Howard Jones

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It was very nice to read a book written about Lincoln from a different perspective. Jones discusses the Lincoln presidency in the context of slavery and foreign relations. There was much at stake between the Union and France and England during the Civil War. Lincoln constantly had to worry about the Confederacy being recognized by world powers, which would give the Confederacy legitimacy, and possibly may have changed the outcome of the war.

Even though this perspective was interesting to read about, the book is entirely too long and quite repetitive. There is no doubt that it could have been about 50 pages shorter. Nevertheless, it is well researched, and provides another angle to the Lincoln presidency. ( )
  rsplenda477 | Apr 10, 2013 |
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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.… (more)

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