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Big Enough to Be Inconsistent: Abraham Lincoln Confronts Slavery and Race | [George M. Fredrickson]

Big Enough to Be Inconsistent: Abraham Lincoln Confronts Slavery and Race

This book focuses on the most controversial aspect of Lincoln's thought and politics and his attitudes and actions regarding slavery and race. Drawing attention to the limitations of Lincoln's judgment and policies without denying his magnitude, the book provides the most comprehensive and even-handed account available of Lincoln's contradictory treatment of black Americans in matters of slavery in the South and basic civil rights in the North.
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This book focuses on the most controversial aspect of Lincoln's thought and politics and his attitudes and actions regarding slavery and race. Drawing attention to the limitations of Lincoln's judgment and policies without denying his magnitude, the book provides the most comprehensive and even-handed account available of Lincoln's contradictory treatment of black Americans in matters of slavery in the South and basic civil rights in the North.

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    Fredrickson's short book is an excellent and highly readable contribution to Lincoln scholarship. He gives a thorough overview of the scholarly debate that has raged for many years over Lincoln's attitude to both slavery and white supremacy, and he argues persuasively for his view that Lincoln was evolving in his thinking right up to the time of his assassination. Moreover Frederickson does this with an economy of words that makes his work particularly memorable.

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