This level of analysis is what makes the book all of the things I said in my header.
Lincoln believed, and Oakes compellingly argues, that the Framers hated slavery, or at best tolerated it as relic of a bygone era.
Oakes has written a readable, informed account of the achievements of two great American leaders.
The issues of race and politics today have a long history and James Oakes has given us a great source on this history in "The Radical and the Republican. Read morePublished 15 hours ago by David B Richman
I was required to read this book for my history class. At first I did not want to like every other college student. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Zmc12
I'm not a history buff! As a matter of fact, my grades were terrible in school, so when this was picked as the selection for our book club, I wasn't very excited at all. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jeremy
I was always aware that Lincoln publicly claimed not to care much about slavery. He once said that in order to keep the Union together, he would abolish slavery if it would do the... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Chris LaFey
This is a good book to get if you are interested in the political side of Lincoln's presidency, but want something that reads more like a novel. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Nikki
Very interesting, it goes along with an other text that I'm reading so it is a good complement ( a people's history of the unites states) ...Published on March 17, 2013 by Natan Martinez
Oakes' book lucidly describes the tumultuous events leading to the Civil War, and the relationship between Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, the famous abolitionist and... Read morePublished on October 24, 2012 by Bodhi Gaia
when you read a book like this and think back to Slavery and look at the history of America and these two men and then you know right off the bat that if roles were reversed... Read morePublished on March 20, 2012 by MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD
This is a very fine biographical history by Professor of History, James Oakes. For the student of American slavery, race relations, and the history of African American... Read morePublished on July 7, 2010 by John F. Fannin