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P. J. Marshall

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263242

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263242.001.0001

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Abraham Lincoln: The Great Emancipator?

Abraham Lincoln: The Great Emancipator?

Sarah Tryphena Phillips Lecture

(p.148) (p.149) Abraham Lincoln: The Great Emancipator?
Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 125, 2003 Lectures

Eric Foner

British Academy

This lecture discusses the evolution of Abraham Lincoln's views on slavery and race. It looks at his eventual role as the Great Emancipator, which was given to him in light of the events of the Civil War. During the War Lincoln accepted the idea of ‘colonizing’ former slaves and developed concrete policies regarding slavery. Even before and after the War Lincoln made steps to improve the situation of slaves in America. The Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 is discussed in the lecture as well.

Keywords:   Abraham Lincoln, slavery and race, Great Emancipator, Civil War, Emancipation Proclamation

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