James Oakes Wins 2013 Lincoln Prize

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Congratulations to James Oakes, 2013 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize winner for Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865.  It was also pleased to see that the finalists included books by Yael Sternhell and Stephen Kantrowitz.  Both finalists made my “Best of 2012“.  All three are must reads.

Below is a very short video of Oakes offering his own understanding of the popular question of who freed the slaves.  His answer offers a concise overview of the main argument in his book.  I am going to include this video for my students to consider as they work through a collection of primary and secondary sources on emancipation.

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