The Conkling Letter

Burrus M. Carnahan

in Act of Justice

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780813124636
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134871 | DOI:
The Conkling Letter

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This chapter discusses the Conkling letter, which was written by Abraham Lincoln as a response to all of his critics. Lincoln sent this letter to James Conkling, and was then read to an enthusiastic crowd of more than 50,000 people. Historians credit this letter as having an important effect on the state elections of 1863. Most of the Conkling letter is devoted to demonstrating the military importance of emancipation and the use of black troops, and explaining why, in the current circumstances, peace negotiations would have been futile.

Keywords: Conkling letter; Abraham Lincoln; James Conkling; state elections; military importance; emancipation; black troops; peace negotiations

Chapter.  2364 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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