SOCIAL SCIENCES

Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861–1865

Norton. Jan. 2013. 608p. ISBN 9780393065312. $29.95. HIST
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Lincoln Prize-winner Oakes argues that the Civil War was fought not to preserve the Union (the standard line) but primarily to end slavery; he also chronicles the immediate consequences of emancipation. See David Von Drehle's just-published Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year for a different approach to the subject.
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