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    Jim Crow and Its Afterlives

    University of Pennsylvania political science professor Adolph Reed provided a history of the Jim Crow era through the day-to-day lives of Blacks in the South. This was a virtual program…

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    The Crooked Path to Abolition

    Civil War historian James Oakes examined how Abraham Lincoln thoughout his political career used the Constitution to abolish slavery. This was a virtual event hosted by the Massachusetts…

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    Abe

    Historian David Reynolds provided a biography of Abraham Lincoln and looked at how societal influences impacted his life. This was a virtual event hosted by the Leon Levy Center for…

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    Fugitive Slave Laws Before the Civil War

    Historian James Oakes talked about runaway slaves and the consequences of fugitive slave laws. Professor Oakes argued that tensions between slave and free states over fugitive slaves was one of…

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    Lincoln's Antislavery Politics

    James Oakes talked about Abraham Lincoln’s relationship with abolitionist movements and antislavery politics. Mr. Oakes spoke about the abolitionist movements of the day and how they helped…

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    The Scorpion's Sting

    Historian James Oakes talked about his book, The Scorpion’s Sting: Antislavery and the Coming of the Civil War, in which he examines a plan intended to produce a peaceful end to slavery prior to the…

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    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 contrary to conventional narratives, the destruction of slavery was a Republican goal from…

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    Freedom National

    James Oakes talked about his book, Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865, in which he examines the efforts, ranging from the militaristic to the…

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    Career of Historian James McPherson

    Professor Burton chaired a panel discussion on the career of historian and author James McPherson. The panelists, including friends, colleagues, and former students of the noted Civil War historian,…

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    Lincoln and the Crisis of Slavery

    Scholars participated in a panel discussion on the crisis of slavery leading up to and during President Lincoln’s administration and its impact on his presidency. Sean Wilentz spoke on “Abraham Lincoln and Jacksonian Democracy,”…

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    The Emancipation Debate During the Secession Crisis

    In the keynote address, James Oakes talked about the emancipation debate during the secession crisis. Prior to the start of the Civil War, Washington, D.C., was deeply focused on the issues of secession and emancipation. He…

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