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Douglass and Lincoln : how a revolutionary black leader and a reluctant liberator struggled to end slavery and save the Union
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<p> Paul Kendrick is a Presidential Arts Scholar at George Washington University. His father Stephen Kendrick is the senior minister of First and Second Church in Boston. They are the authors of Sarah's Long Walk: The Free Blacks of Boston and How Their Struggle for Equality Changed America .</p>
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U.S. presidents
Abolition of slavery
American politics and government
American politics
Presidential elections
American history
Black history
Anti-slavery movement
African American men
African Americans
U.S. Civil War
- United States
Time Period
1800s -- 19th century
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  Library Journal Review

Paul Kendrick (assisant director, Harlem Children's Zone) and his father, Stephen (senior minister, First Church in Boston), carefully study two men who confronted the powerful elites of their era, Lincoln able to become an insider and Douglass exerting power in the very face of exclusion. Each man's views moderated, Douglass coming to admire Lincoln after initial disappointment and Lincoln coming to recognize the need for emancipation. Public and academic libaries with James Oakes's estimable The Radical and the Republican should consider this good study an optional addition. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Paul Kendrick, assistant director of the Harlem Children's Zoo, and his father, Stephen, a Boston minister (coauthors of Sarah's Long Walk, about Boston's free blacks) give a thorough look at two unlikely allies. Lincoln began as a white supremacist who saw Douglass as an exception to the rule of black inferiority. What is more, his first priority was the preservation of the Union. The onetime slave Douglass, on the other hand, stood uncompromisingly for complete emancipation, to be followed by full and equal citizenship. He further held that the Civil War's massive carnage could only be redeemed by the annihilation of the "peculiar institution." Despite their mutual respect, the two men had only three face-to-face meetings, just two of these in private. Thus, this study of Douglass, Lincoln and their "relationship" is chiefly a discussion of evolving rhetoric, primarily Lincoln's on such topics as emancipation, black service in the Union ranks and black suffrage, and how his views initially contrasted with, but were eventually influenced by, Douglass's fiery arguments in public speeches and newspaper editorials. This is a workmanlike narrative of the same story recently explored by James Oakes in his critically praised The Radical and the Republican. 23 b&w photos. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
<p> Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln had only three meetings, but their exchanges profoundly influenced the course of slavery and the outcome of the Civil War. </p> <p>Although Abraham Lincoln deeply opposed the institution of slavery, he saw the Civil War at its onset as being primarily about preserving the Union. Frederick Douglass, himself a former slave, by contrast saw the War's mission to be the total and permanent abolition of slavery. And yet, these giants of the nineteenth century, despite their different outlooks, found common ground, in large part through their three historic meetings.</p> <p>Lincoln first invited Douglass to the White House in August 1862. Well-known for his speeches and his internationally read abolitionist newspaper, Douglass laid out for the president his concerns about how the Union army was discriminating against black soldiers. Douglass, often critical of the president in his speeches and articles, was impressed by Lincoln's response. The following summer when the war was going poorly, the president summoned Douglass to the White House. Fearing that he might not be reelected, Lincoln showed Douglass a letter he had prepared stating his openness to negotiating a settlement to end the Civil War--and leave slavery intact in the South. Douglass strongly advised Lincoln against making the letter public. Lincoln never did; Atlanta fell and he was reelected. Their final meeting was at the White House reception following Lincoln's second inaugural address, where Lincoln told Douglass there was no man in the country whose opinion he valued more and Douglass called the president's inaugural address "sacred."</p> <p>In elegant prose and with unusual insights, Paul and Stephen Kendrick chronicle the parallel lives of Douglass and Lincoln as a means of presenting a fresh, unique picture of two men who, in their differences, eventually challenged each other to greatness and altered the course of the nation.</p>
Table of Contents
Prologue: The Missionp. 1
To 1860
1Black Republicansp. 13
2A Self-Made Manp. 26
3To the Brinkp. 38
4"I Used to be a Slave..."p. 56
5Mighty Currentsp. 71
6Remorseless Strugglep. 82
7Different American Destiniesp. 97
8On the Wirep. 114
9"Give Them a Chance"p. 127
10First Meetingp. 147
11"Clenched Teeth and Steady Eye"p. 161
12"An Abolition War"p. 175
13Revolutionary Dialoguep. 185
14Going Homep. 203
15Sacred Effortsp. 219
16"It Made Us Kin"p. 232
Epilogue: America's Stepchildrenp. 237
AppendixAftermath-The Douglass Familyp. 249
Acknowledgmentsp. 253
Notesp. 257
Bibliographyp. 279
Indexp. 291
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