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Collaborators for EmancipationAbraham Lincoln and Owen Lovejoy$
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William F. Moore

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038464

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038464.001.0001

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Assuring That the Nation Would Long Endure, 1863

Assuring That the Nation Would Long Endure, 1863

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Collaborators for Emancipation

William F. Moore

Jane Ann Moore

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines Abraham Lincoln and Owen Lovejoy's united stand to assure that the nation “can long endure” amidst the war. Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation intensified the desperation felt by slaveholders in areas close to the invading armies. While resisting and escaping slaves invigorated the political process for emancipation, the Emancipation Proclamation emboldened more resistance to slave masters and enhanced cooperation in the Union's efforts in the Civil War. This chapter begins with a discussion of the debate among antislavery leaders over reconstruction policy, along with Lincoln and Lovejoy's disagreements about issues such as the role that the federal military should take in policing the states during the transition. It then considers Lovejoy's health problems and the support for the Lincoln administration's war effort, as well as two men 's persistence in pursuing their radical agenda. It also looks at Lincoln's appeal for divine help to guide and heal the nation, highlighted by his Thanksgiving Proclamation designating August 6 “a day for National Thanksgiving, Praise and Prayer.”

Keywords:   emancipation, Abraham Lincoln, Owen Lovejoy, Emancipation Proclamation, Union, Civil War, antislavery, reconstruction policy, health, Thanksgiving Proclamation

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