Mon, Feb 12|
Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum
The Antislavery Origins of the Civil War and Emancipation
James Oakes, Professor Emeritus of History from the City University of New York visits to discuss Lincoln and the Antislavery Constitution, a central study of his latest book, "The Crooked Path to Abolition."
Time & Location
Feb 12, 2024, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, 385 E 8th St, Claremont, CA 91711, USA
About the event
We know the proslavery origins of the Civil War: The slave states seceded to protect slavery. But the war had antislavery origins that are not as well understood. James Oakes, one of the preeminent historians of the American Civil War, the Reconstruction Era, and abolitionism, aims to recover those origins by focusing on antislavery constitutionalism, in order to better explain the origins of wartime emancipation.
Professor Oakes' lecture is part of the 2023-2024 Lofgren Program on American Constitutionalism at CMC's Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom in the Modern World.