The Resource "What shall we do with the Negro?" : Lincoln, white racism, and Civil War America, Paul D. Escott

"What shall we do with the Negro?" : Lincoln, white racism, and Civil War America, Paul D. Escott

Label
"What shall we do with the Negro?" : Lincoln, white racism, and Civil War America
Title
"What shall we do with the Negro?"
Title remainder
Lincoln, white racism, and Civil War America
Statement of responsibility
Paul D. Escott
Title variation
Lincoln, white racism, and Civil War America
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Throughout the Civil War, newspaper headlines and stories repeatedly asked some variation of the question posed by the New York Times in 1862, "What shall we do with the negro?" The future status of African Americans was a pressing issue for both those in the North and in the South. Consulting a broad range of contemporary newspapers, magazines, books, army records, government documents, publications of citizens' organizations, letters, diaries, and other sources, Paul D. Escott examines the attitudes and actions of Northerners and Southerners regarding the future of African Americans after the end of slavery. "What Shall We Do with the Negro?" demonstrates how historians together with our larger national popular culture have wrenched the history of this period from its context in order to portray key figures as heroes or exemplars of national virtue. Escott gives especial critical attention to Abraham Lincoln. Since the civil rights movement, many popular books have treated Lincoln as an icon, a mythical leader with thoroughly modern views on all aspects of race. But, focusing on Lincoln's policies rather than attempting to divine Lincoln's intentions from his often ambiguous or cryptic statements, Escott reveals a president who placed a higher priority on reunion than on emancipation, who showed an enduring respect for states' rights, who assumed that the social status of African Americans would change very slowly in freedom, and who offered major incentives to white Southerners at the expense of the interests of blacks"--Bbok jacket
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1947-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Escott, Paul D.
Dewey number
973.7092
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
E457.2
LC item number
.E73 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Lincoln, Abraham
  • Lincoln, Abraham
  • Slaves
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • Race
  • Racism
  • Whites
  • United States
  • United States
Label
"What shall we do with the Negro?" : Lincoln, white racism, and Civil War America, Paul D. Escott
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [277]-292) and index
Contents
The North confronts the question -- War's proving ground -- Amnesty, apprenticeship, and the freedmen's future -- Politics, emancipation, and Black rights -- Slavery, war, and the slaveholder's mind -- Heresy, dogma, and the Confederate debate -- The Hampton Roads conference -- 1865 and beyond -- Appendix: a brief, additional note on a vast historiography
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xviii, 304 p., [10] p. of plates
Isbn
9780813927862
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2008034652
Other physical details
ill., ports.
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u2151022-01umb_inst
  • 2268245
  • (Sirsi) i9780813927862
  • (OCoLC)244177145
Label
"What shall we do with the Negro?" : Lincoln, white racism, and Civil War America, Paul D. Escott
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [277]-292) and index
Contents
The North confronts the question -- War's proving ground -- Amnesty, apprenticeship, and the freedmen's future -- Politics, emancipation, and Black rights -- Slavery, war, and the slaveholder's mind -- Heresy, dogma, and the Confederate debate -- The Hampton Roads conference -- 1865 and beyond -- Appendix: a brief, additional note on a vast historiography
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xviii, 304 p., [10] p. of plates
Isbn
9780813927862
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2008034652
Other physical details
ill., ports.
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u2151022-01umb_inst
  • 2268245
  • (Sirsi) i9780813927862
  • (OCoLC)244177145

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