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on October 14, 2012
If you are looking for a concise, well written source of information on the Emancipation Proclamation, this is it. John Hope Franklin was one of our better academic historians. His research was meticulous. His writing style was highly readable yet intended for other scholars.
This is not popular history, filled with embellishment and designed to keep the reader's attention. It is an academic approach intended for other scholars. But at the same time it is still very readable, easy to understand and very polished.
John Hope Franklin was an African-American professor of history at Duke and had a PHD. He also was so widely regarded he had more than 100 honorary degrees. From Tulsa (actually Rentiesville) Oklahoma, his father was one of the first black men to fight for the rights of displaced blacks from the 1921 Tulsa Race Riots. So John didn't just teach history, he lived it.
This book, too, gives the feeling of being alive. It feels real, like its happening now. You feel you are there, looking over Lincoln's shoulder.
It's a good read.
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on February 20, 2013
this was one of the books required for my african american experience history class last term. this reading was difficult for me due to the content, but I was able to manage. I frequently had to take breaks when reading it, or else my emotions would start to go haywire and I'd want to go back in time and give them (whites) a good ass-whooping for being utter bastards...
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on October 11, 2013
Book uses a lot of quotes from US /world newspapers, citizens and politicians to give insight into reactions to Civil War and slavery. Quick and easy reading that provides a real look at the positive and negative toward getting the Emancipation Proclamation created and everyone's reaction after it was published. .
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on February 3, 2013
This book tells the true history behind the Emancipation Proclamation and not just what schools want you to believe. It explains how the decisions behind it were political/military strategy and not a humanitarian focus at all. It is straight forward and easy to read and has facts to back up all the statements. I think it's a good book for everyone to read and not just students in college that may or may not be required to read it to pass a class. Written by John Hope Franklin, an African-American that actually lived and taught history, it gives a brilliant account of historical events surrounding this very famous and influential historical event.
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