Chapter

“A DESPERATE EXPEDIENT”

Bruce Levine

in Confederate Emancipation

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780195147629
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199788866 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195147629.003.0002
“A DESPERATE EXPEDIENT”

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This chapter follows the early rise and changing fortunes of the idea of arming and emancipating Confederate slaves during the three-and-a-half years between the war's beginning and the Davis government's about-face in the fall of 1864. It identifies both the ideological and practical grounds on which Richmond first stoutly resisted the idea as well as the reasons for its later reconsideration.

Keywords: Confederate slaves; war; Davis government; Richmond; emancipation; Union; Confederacy

Chapter.  11014 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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