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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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Binding Up the Nation’s Wounds, 1864

Binding Up the Nation’s Wounds, 1864

(p.154) 11 Binding Up the Nation’s Wounds, 1864
Collaborators for Emancipation

William F. Moore

Jane Ann Moore

University of Illinois Press

This chapter summarizes some of the accomplishments of Abraham Lincoln and Owen Lovejoy's unusual but remarkable collaboration that continued until the latter's death in 1864. It first considers Lovejoy's support for Francis Carpenter in creating a life-size portrait of Lincoln depicting the moment when he read the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation to his cabinet. It then recounts how, in the last ten years of their lives, Lincol and Lovejoy had relied on each other, working together to unite the divergent factions in the Illinois Republican Party, to keep the Republicans united in Congress, and to convince moderate and radical members of Congress to pass emancipation legislation. It argues that Lovejoy and Lincoln had acted from the perspectives of both radicalism and pragmatism in their quest to end slavery, that as radicals, they collaborated pragmatically to make major and lasting contributions to the process of emancipation. Their ability to collaborate was enhanced by a common religious approach, which was also a source of their mutual trust and respect.

Keywords:   emancipation, Abraham Lincoln, Owen Lovejoy, collaboration, Francis Carpenter, Republican Party, radicalism, pragmatism, radicals, slavery

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