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By William C. Kashatus

An vital contribution to Lincoln scholarship, this thought-provoking paintings argues that Abraham Lincoln and the non secular Society of associates confronted the same trouble: the right way to in achieving emancipation with no extending the bloodshed and hassle of struggle. prepared chronologically so readers can see adjustments in Lincoln's considering through the years, the booklet explores the congruence of the sixteenth president's dating with Quaker trust and his political and non secular concept on 3 particular concerns: emancipation, conscientious objection, and the relaxation and schooling of freedmen.

Distinguishing among the truth of Lincoln's dating with the Quakers and the mythology that has emerged through the years, the ebook differs considerably from earlier works in not less than methods. It indicates how Lincoln skillfully navigated a dating with essentially the most vocal and politically lively spiritual teams of the nineteenth century, and it files the sensible ways that a shared trust within the "Doctrine...

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Despite his excellent accommodations at Willard’s Hotel on 14th Street, the president-elect was restless and eager to begin the day’s events. After an early breakfast, Lincoln listened attentively while his son, Robert, read aloud his inaugural address. 49 Orville Browning, a personal and political friend, paid a brief visit and asked Lincoln if he preferred to accompany President James Buchanan to the Capitol Building or make the trip alone. Proper etiquette required the president-elect to share a carriage with the incumbent, but it was also Lincoln’s privilege to show his contempt for Buchanan, a lame duck who reverted to a policy of inactivity as seven slave states seceded from the Union.

Undeterred, Scott made sure to surround the president-elect’s carriage on all sides by marshals and cavalry, almost hiding it from view.

When Lincoln, in 1863, wedded the cause of emancipation to preserving the Union as an inextricable objective of the war, Quakers struggled mightily with the combative means to achieve such highly desired objectives. If human equality was a highly valued moral principle with strong theological implications, pacifism was a fundamental article of the Quaker faith. Friends had opposed the violent resolution of conflict since their founding in the mid-seventeenth century. 12 But Quaker meetings became more willing to labor with those members who deviated from the Peace Testimony during the Civil War because of the very dilemma Lincoln had articulated, namely, that to abolish slavery meant going to war.

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