This meant that during most of the year 1865 slavery was still legal in most of the southern states and that more slaves may have been emancipated in december 1865 than in the four preceding years of war but by years end as oakes makes clear freedom was now truly national. Freedom national the destruction of slavery in the united states 1861 1865 by james oakes w w norton oakess detailed account of this complex story cannot be fully summarized here. Oakes james freedom national the destruction of slavery in the united states 1861 1865new york w w norton 2013 slavery played a dominant economic role in the early history of the united states even as it loomed large in politics society and culture. James oakes freedom national is a very informative book about the last years of slavery in the united states its a tremendous piece of history but its extremely technical a history teacher civil war buff or lincolnfile will appreciate it above all others. Freedom national the destruction of slavery in the united states 1861 1865 paperback awards lincoln prize endorsements reviews brilliant in analysis and compelling in argument this is now the book to read on how slavery died library journal
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