Final Freedom: The Civil War, the Abolition of Slavery, and the Thirteenth Amendment

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Contents
List of Illustrationsxi
Acknowledgmentsxiii
List of Abbreviationsxvii
Introduction1
1Slavery's Constitution8
The Constitution, Slavery, and the Coming of the Civil War9
The Secession Crisis: Amending the Constitution to Protect Slavery18
Preserving the Constitution in the War for Emancipation23
2Freedom's Constitution36
The Popular Origins of Universal Emancipation36
Emancipation and Reconstruction, Republicans and Democrats41
Presidential Emancipation: Lincoln's Reconstruction Proclamation46
Congress Responds: Proposals for an Abolition Amendment48
The Drafting of the Thirteenth Amendment53
3Facing Freedom61
Legal Theory and Practical Politics63
The Democracy Divided71
African Americans and the Inadequacy of Constitutional Emancipation79
4Debating Freedom89
The Antislavery Amendment and Republican Unity90
Slavery, Union, and the Meaning of the War94
Constitutional Freedom and Racial Equality99
The Unconstitutional Constitutional Amendment107
Dubious Victory112
5The Key Note of Freedom115
A New Party, a New Amendment: The Radical Democrats116

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Table of contents

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  • Cambridge Historical Studies in American Law and Society *
  • Title Page *
  • Contents ix
  • Illustrations xi
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • Abbreviations xvii
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - Slavery's Constitution 8
  • 2 - Freedom's Constitution 36
  • 3 - Facing Freedom 61
  • 4 - Debating Freedom 89
  • 5 - The Key Note of Freedom 115
  • 6 - The War Within a War: Emancipation and the Election of 1864 141
  • 7 - A King's Cure 176
  • 8 - The Contested Legacy of Constitutional Freedom 211
  • Appendix: Votes on Antislavery Amendment 251
  • Bibliography 253
  • Index 297
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