TCNJ Magazine: Spring 18

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17 SPRING 2018 Did the U.S. government's inability to compromise over slavery trigger the Civil War, as White House Chief of Staff John Kelly suggested last year? Or had first-term President Abraham Lincoln, in fact, publicly supported a constitutional amendment to leave slavery untouched where it already existed? In his award-winning book, Lincoln and the Politics of Slavery: The Other 13th Amendment and the Struggle to Save the Union, excerpted here, Professor Emeritus of History Daniel W. Crofts disrupts the contemporary narrative surrounding the Great Emancipator. THE GREAT COMPROMISER Words by DANIEL W. CROFTS Pictures by REGAN DUNNICK

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