This book examines the role played by Abraham Lincoln and Owen Lovejoy in America's road to emancipation, with particular emphasis on how their collaboration contributed to the process of ending slavery. It argues that mutual trust and respect enabled Lincoln and Lovejoy to overcome their differences to forge an unlikely friendship and work toward a shared vision that helped mold (practical) public opinion to accept the (radical) objective of freeing the slaves. It analyzes the nature of Lincoln and Lovejoy's collaboration in the context of the ongoing debate over Lincoln and the radicals, and shows that the trusting relationship between the two men was grounded in the clear evidence of their integrity and wisdom; this relationship persisted despite the inconclusive evidence regarding the success of their differing tactics.
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