Redeeming the Great Emancipator

CD - unabridged
Audio (1 disc)
Product Number: DD23538
Released: Feb 12, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781520000411
Narrator/s: Will Damron
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The larger-than-life image Abraham Lincoln projects across the screen of American history owes much to his role as the Great Emancipator during the Civil War. Yet this noble aspect of Lincoln's identity is precisely the dimension that some historians have cast into doubt. In a vigorous defense of America's sixteenth president, award-winning historian and Lincoln scholar Allen Guelzo refutes accusations of Lincoln's racism and political opportunism, while candidly probing the follies of contemporary cynicism and the constraints of today's unexamined faith in the liberating powers of individual autonomy. Redeeming the Great Emancipator enumerates Lincoln's anti-slavery credentials, showing that a deeply held belief in the God-given rights of all people steeled the president in his commitment to emancipation and his hope for racial reconciliation. Emancipation did not achieve complete freedom for American slaves, nor was Lincoln entirely above some of the racial prejudices of his time. Nevertheless, his conscience and moral convictions far outweighed political calculations in ultimately securing freedom for black Americans.

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"Originally presented as a series of lectures at Harvard University by the author, who is a noted Civil War historian, this examination of Lincoln's anti-slavery credentials and the persistence of racism transitions easily to an audio format. Will Damron's narration is deliberate and poignant as Guelzo examines the political environment of the period and the development of Lincoln's thinking as he reached the point of issuing the Emancipation Proclamation. With a pace and timbre that match the significance of the times, Damron escorts the listener through the issues surrounding Lincoln's dedication to abolition and examines the tumultuous racial issues still facing the country today. Damron's narration so aptly captures Guelzo's passion for Lincoln that listening, while not the same as being present at Harvard for the lectures, provides a close second. M.L.R. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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