"My Whole Soul Is In It"
Kearns Goodwin, Doris
Smithsonian, January 2006, Vol.36, #10; pp 48-55
"While Washington sweltered through the long, hot summer of 1862, Pres Abraham Lincoln made the momentous decision that would define both his presidency and the course of Civil War. The great question of what to do about slavery had provoked increasingly bitter debates on Capitol Hill for months. Back in March, Lincoln had asked the legislature to pass a joint resolution providing federal aid to any state willing to adopt a plan for the gradual abolition of slavery; without the approval of the border-state representatives, it went nowhere. Here, Goodwin details how Lincoln got his chance to emancipate the slaves." Doris Kearns Goodwin received the Pulitzer Prize for history for a previous book, No Ordinary Time (1995).
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