Lincoln and the Crisis of Slavery


2nd Lieutenant
Oct 26, 2012

Scholars participated in a panel discussion on the crisis of slavery leading up to and during President Lincoln’s administration and its impact on his presidency. Sean Wilentz spoke on “Abraham Lincoln and Jacksonian Democracy,” Manisha Sinha on “Allies for Emancipation: Lincoln and Black Abolitionists,” and James Oakes on "National Rights, Citizenship Rights, States' Rights, and Blacks' Rights: Lincoln and Race.] Christopher Brown then delivered a speech on Lincoln’s belief in compensated emancipation. Slave owners would be compensated for surrendering their slaves, thus providing a gradual solution that would avoid a military action or executive decree. Following their remarks, panelists responded to audience members' questions.