Daniel Weinberg speaks with Graham Peck about Making An Anti-Slavery Nation: Lincoln, Douglas and the Battle over Freedom.
Peck meticulously traces the conflict over slavery in Illinois from the Northwest Ordinance in 1787 to Lincoln’s defeat of his arch-rival Stephen A. Douglas in the 1860 election. Presenting pathbreaking interpretations of Lincoln, Douglas, and the Civil War’s origins, Making an Antislavery Nation shows how battles over slavery paved the way for freedom’s triumph in America.
Making an Anti-Slavery Nation: Lincoln, Douglas and the
Battle Over Freedom
by Graham Peck
Air Date/Time November 11, 12 Noon (Central)
1st ed., 288p., cloth
This sweeping narrative presents an original and compelling explanation for the triumph of the antislavery movement in the United States prior to the Civil War.
Abraham Lincoln’s election as the first antislavery president was hardly preordained. From the country’s inception, Americans had struggled to define slavery’s relationship to freedom. Most Northerners supported abolition in the North but condoned slavery in the South, while most Southerners denounced abolition and asserted slavery’s compatibility with whites’ freedom. On this massive political fault line hinged the fate of the nation.
Graham A. Peck meticulously traces the conflict over slavery in Illinois from the Northwest Ordinance in 1787 to Lincoln’s defeat of his arch-rival...