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 Civil War. The proposal called for the utilization of federal mandates to surround slave-holding states with a “cordon of freedom” that would encourage slaves to escape in large numbers, which in turn would harm the Southern economy and push states to electively abolish slavery. close
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Edna Greene Medford Chair Howard University->History Department
James Oakes Distinguished Professor City University of New York->History
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