Emancipation and the Laws of War

James Oakes and John Witt talked about their books on the process of Emancipation during the Civil War. James Oakes argued that… read more

James Oakes and John Witt talked about their books on the process of Emancipation during the Civil War. James Oakes argued that contrary to conventional narratives, the destruction of slavery was a Republican goal from the beginning of the war. John Witt spoke about the world’s first pamphlet style “laws of war” code written by Lincoln advisor and legal scholar Francis Lieber in 1862 and 1863. Witt argued that the “Lieber Code” was written to help justify emancipation as a military necessity, and that the code has been a source for international laws of war ever since. The discussion was moderated by David Blight. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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  • Blight, David W. Director Yale University->Gilder Lehrman Ctr. for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition
  • Oakes, James Distinguished Professor City University of New York->History
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Emancipation and the Laws of War

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New Haven, Connecticut, United States
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May 27, 2013

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  • May 27, 2013 | 8:59am EDT | C-SPAN 3
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