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Ask Historians: How did Lincoln's political agenda on slavery change before and during the war?

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    I would suggest Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals for anyone who wants an nuanced view of the title topic that goes beyond the mythology of Lincoln. The man's opinion very much evolved over...

    I would suggest Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals for anyone who wants an nuanced view of the title topic that goes beyond the mythology of Lincoln.

    The man's opinion very much evolved over the years. At one point he even thought the solution was to deport African American's to Liberia, until he became friendly with Frederick Douglass, who helped him come to understand that most African Americans weren't African and didn't want to just up and leave the only country they ever knew.

    There's a lot more in the biography which extends essentially from the very beginning of Lincoln's life to the very end. If you have the time and patience (it's a very thick tome) then the books comprehensive nature will elucidate not only the Civil War period but the tense evironment that pervaded the country for the two to three decades prior.

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