Public Program, Online Event, Conversation The Crooked Path to Abolition: Abraham Lincoln and the Antislavery Constitution 11 February 2021.Thursday, 5:30PM - 6:30PM This is an online program James Oakes, The Graduate Center, CUNY in conversation with Randall Kennedy, Harvard Law School Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2021/crooked_path.jpg

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Some celebrate Lincoln for freeing the slaves; others fault him for a long-standing conservatism on abolition and race. James Oakes provides another exploration of Lincoln and the end of slavery. Through the unforeseen challenges of the Civil War crisis, Lincoln and the Republican party adhered to a clear antislavery strategy founded on the Constitution itself. Lincoln and the Republicans claimed strong constitutional tools for federal action against slavery, and they used those tools consistently to undermine slavery, prevent its expansion, and pressure the slave states into abolition. This antislavery Constitution guided Lincoln and his allies as they navigated the sectional crisis and the Civil War. When the states finally ratified the Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery, it was a confirmation of a long-held vision.