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The second volume of the best from Civil War History

For more than fifty years the journal Civil War History has presented the best original scholarship in the study of America’s greatest struggle. The Kent State University Press is pleased to present this second volume in its multivolume series reintroducing the most influential of the more than 500 articles published in the journal. From military command, strategy, and tactics, to political leadership, race, abolitionism, the draft, and women’s issues, from the war’s causes to its aftermath and Reconstruction, Civil War History has published pioneering and provocative analyses of the determining aspects of the Middle Period.

In this second volume of the series, John David Smith has selected groundbreaking essays by David Blight, Eugene Genovese, Mark Neely Jr., Brooks Simpson, and other scholars that examine slavery, abolitionism, emancipation, Lincoln and race, and African Americans as soldiers and veterans. His introduction assesses the contribution of each article to our understanding of the Civil War era.

Those with an interest in the issues, struggles, and controversies that divided a nation will welcome this essential collection.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. vii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xvi
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  1. Rebelliousness and Docility in the Negro Slave: A Critique of the Elkins Thesis
  2. Eugene D. Genovese
  3. pp. 1-22
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  1. The Gerrit Smith Circle: Abolitionism in the Burned-Over District
  2. Lawrence J. Friedman
  3. pp. 23-45
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  1. The Liberty Party in Massachusetts, 1840–1848: Antislavery Third Party Politics in the Bay State
  2. Reinhard O. Johnson
  3. pp. 46-77
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  1. Only His Stepchildren: Lincoln and the Negro
  2. Don E. Fehrenbacher
  3. pp. 78-97
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  1. Emancipation in the Federal City
  2. Michael J. Kurtz
  3. pp. 98-117
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  1. Circumventing the Dred Scott Decision: Edward Bates, Salmon P. Chase, and the Citizenship of African Americans
  2. Edited by James P. McClure, Leigh Johnsen, Kathleen Norman, Michael Vanderlan
  3. pp. 118-154
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  1. Defending Emancipation: Abraham Lincoln and the Conkling Letter, 1863
  2. Allen C. Guelzo
  3. pp. 155-184
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  1. Lincoln and Equal Rights for Negroes: The Irrelevancy of the "Wadsworth Letter"
  2. Harold M. Hyman
  3. pp. 185-194
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  1. Lincoln and Equal Rights: A Reply
  2. Ludwell H. Johnson
  3. pp. 195-203
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  1. Abraham Lincoln and Black Colonization: Benjamin Butler's Spurious Testimony
  2. Mark E. Neely Jr.
  3. pp. 204-211
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  1. Fort Pillow Revisited: New Evidence about an Old Controversy
  2. Edited by John Cimprich, Robert C. Mainfort Jr.
  3. pp. 212-226
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  1. Frederick Douglass and the American Apocalypse
  2. David W. Blight
  3. pp. 227-249
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  1. "The Doom of Slavery": Ulysses S. Grant, War Aims, and Emancipation, 1861–1863
  2. Brooks D. Simpson
  3. pp. 250-270
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  1. "I Do Not Suppose That Uncle Sam Looks at the Skin": African Americans and the Civil War Pension System, 1865–1934
  2. Donald R. Shaffer
  3. pp. 271-289
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  1. "Shoulder to Shoulder as Comrades Tried": Black and White Union Veterans and Civil War Memory
  2. Andre Fleche
  3. pp. 290-316
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  1. Slavery, Emancipation, and Veterans of the Union Cause: Commemorating Freedom in the Era of Reconciliation, 1885–1915
  2. M. Keith Harris
  3. pp. 317-342
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 343-344
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 345-359
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  1. Back Cover
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