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Collaborators for Emancipation: Abraham Lincoln and Owen Lovejoy

William F. Moore


Few expected politician Abraham Lincoln and Congregational minister Owen Lovejoy to be friends when they met in 1854. One was a cautious lawyer who deplored abolitionists' flouting of the law, the other an outspoken antislavery activist who captained a stop on the Underground Railroad. Yet the two built a relationship that, in Lincoln's words, “was one of increasing respect and esteem.” This book examines the thorny issue of the pragmatism typically ascribed to Lincoln versus the radicalism of Lovejoy, and the role each played in ending slavery. Exploring the men's politics, personal traits, a ... More

Keywords: slavery, Abraham Lincoln, Owen Lovejoy, pragmatism, radicalism, abolition, disunion, emancipation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780252038464
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038464.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William F. Moore, author