Thank you for visiting my website. I’m happy to announce the publication of my sixth book, Lincoln and the Politics of Slavery: The Other Thirteenth Amendment and the Struggle to Save the Union.
It offers readers a front-row seat at one of the most fateful and dramatic watersheds in American history. While a new president tried to preserve the Union and prevent war, the Deep South insisted on breaking up the Union and starting a war.
Until now, little has been written about Lincoln’s surprising offer in his inaugural address—to accept a constitutional amendment that would rule out any interference with slavery in the states where it existed. This book fills that gap.
Lincoln became the “Great Emancipator,” but he had no such intention when he first took office. Only amid the crucible of combat did a war for Union become a war for freedom.