The Scorpion's Sting

The Scorpion's Sting

Antislavery and the Coming of the Civil War

Book - 2014
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Explores the Civil War and the anti-slavery movement, specifically highlighting the plan to help abolish slavery by surrounding the slave states with territories of freedom and discusses the possibility of what could have been a more peaceful alternative to the war.
Publisher: New York, NY : W. W. Norton & Company, [2014]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780393239935
Branch Call Number: 973.711 OAKES
Characteristics: 207 pages : illustration ; 22 cm


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ChristchurchLib Jun 30, 2014

In The Scorpion's Sting, historian James Oakes presents a riveting analysis of the abolition of slavery in the United States. He begins by explaining that leading antislavery advocates hoped that surrounding slaveholding states with free states would gradually and peacefully eliminate the institution. However, secession and the Civil War broke out before slavery could be less violently extinguished. Oakes' insightful discussion highlights a key difference between pro- and antislavery views: the question of property rights versus the human right to freedom. This complex work offers a thought-provoking contribution to Civil War history and the broader history of slavery.
From the July 2014 History and Current Events Newsletter.


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