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The Great Emancipator as Politician
The fight for emancipation was a noble and necessary pursuit. What most people don't know, however, is that President Lincoln had to move deftly even within his own party to formulate, and finally push through, this historic legislation. Salon is featuring an excerpt from Paul Escott's new book, Lincoln's Dilemma: Blair, Sumner, and the Republican Struggle over Racism and Equality in the Civil War Era, that provides an inside look at the fascinating political maneuverings. You can read it here.