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James Oakes

James Oakes is a Distinguished Professor at the CUNY 
Graduate Center. His most recent book is The Scorpion’s Sting: Antislavery and the Coming of the Civil War. (December 2019)

Charles White: Exodus I: Black Moses (Harriet Tubman), 1951; from the exhibition ‘Charles White: A Retrospective,’ on view at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, until January 13, 2019. The catalog is published by the Art Institute of Chicago and MoMA and distributed by Yale University Press.

The Power of Running Away

The Captive’s Quest for Freedom: Fugitive Slaves, the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law, and the Politics of Slavery

by R.J.M. Blackett

December 6, 2018 issue

The Battle of Buena Vista, also known as the Battle of La Angostura, during the Mexican-American War, February 1847

Our ‘Wicked War’

The Dead March: A History of the Mexican-American War

by Peter Guardino

November 23, 2017 issue

Abraham Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois, August 1860

The Supreme Partisan

A Self-Made Man: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, 1809–1849

by Sidney Blumenthal

Wrestling with His Angel: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, 1849–1856

by Sidney Blumenthal

July 13, 2017 issue

Abraham Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois, May 20, 1860

A Different Lincoln

Lincoln President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Great Secession Winter, 1860–1861

by Harold Holzer

Lincoln and His Admirals: Abraham Lincoln, the US Navy, and the Civil War

by Craig L. Symonds

Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief

by James M. McPherson

April 9, 2009 issue

They Soared Above the Din

Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates That Defined America

by Allen C. Guelzo

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates

edited by Rodney O. Davis andDouglas L. Wilson

October 23, 2008 issue

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