Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln and the Dawn of Liberty

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Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln and the Dawn of Liberty

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Emancipation Proclamation offers readers a unique look at an often misunderstood American document. It scrutinizes the steps that led to Lincoln’s proclamation, the change in his views on how to address the divided country and the plight of black people—free and enslaved—as well as the actual purpose of the Emancipation Proclamation and what it ultimately achieved.

Including excerpts from historical sources, archival images, and new research, Emancipation Proclamation discusses the key events that led to the Civil War, the role slavery played as a major negotiating factor for both the Union and the Confederacy, and the mixed signals that the president sent to American citizens, free blacks, the enslaved, and the world at large. Interwoven with Lincoln’s story is the role that so many abolitionists played in the fight for liberty, including Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Frances E.W. Harper, Wendell Phillips, Thaddeus Stevens, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Charles Sumner.

In this engrossing historical resource, complete with a timeline and glossary, award-winning author Tonya Bolden brings to life the cause and effect of, as well as the people behind, the Emancipation Proclamation.

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 Reviews

A convincing, handsomely produced argument that the proclamation, for all its acknowledged limitations, remains a watershed document.
—Kirkus, starred review

Bolden discusses with finesse the complex interplay of Lincoln’s speeches, writing, and actions with regard to slavery. Beautifully reproduced on thick, glossy pages, the illustrations include nineteenth-century photos, paintings, prints, maps, and documents.
—Booklist, starred review

A pleasure to browse as well as a source of research material.
—School Library Journal, starred review

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Age 10-up 120 pages
Hardcover Abrams 2013 ISBN: 978-1-4197-0390-4