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The long and turning path to the abolition of American slavery has often been attributed to the ambiguities and inconsistencies of antislavery leaders, including Abraham Lincoln. Scholars James Oakes and Manisha Sinha uncover Lincoln’s antislavery strategies beginning long before his presidency, ultimately revealing a striking consistency and commitment extending over many years, all centered on the Constitution.
James Oakes, a two-time winner of the Lincoln Prize for his works on the politics of abolition, is the author of The Crooked Path to Abolition: Abraham Lincoln and the Antislavery Constitution. Manisha Sinha (moderator), a leading authority on the history of slavery and abolition and the Civil War and Reconstruction, is James L. and Shirley A. Draper Chair in American History at the University of Connecticut.
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