Abraham Lincoln: The Great Emancipator?

Eric Foner

in Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 125, 2003 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780197263242
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734014 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Abraham Lincoln: The Great Emancipator?

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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

Chapter.  5607 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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