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Eighty-Eight Years: The Long Death of Slavery in the United States, 1777–1865 by Patrick Rael (review)

Eighty-Eight Years: The Long Death of Slavery in the United States, 1777–1865 by Patrick Rael... REVIEWS English playwright Tom Taylor becomes an almost profound commentator on transatlantic republicanism who inadvertently provided the perfect catone to Lincoln’s life. On that fateful night, indeed, as he laughed uproariously at the antics on stage, Lincoln was actually receiving “his final lesson about republicanism in the Atlantic world” (224). Dr ew R. McC oy is Jacob and Frances Hiatt Professor of History at Clark University. He is the author of The Last of the Fathers: James Madison and the Republican Legacy (Cambridge, UK, 1989) and The Elusive Republic: Political Economy in Jeffersonian America (Chapel Hill, NC, 1980). His current project is biographical, focusing on the early life of Abraham Lincoln in relation to the transformative developments of the early nineteenth century. Eighty-Eight Years: The Long Death of Slavery in the United States, 1777–1865. By Patrick Rael. (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2015. Pp. 392. Cloth, $89.95.) Reviewed by Paul J. Polgar A growing number of influential scholars who study American slavery and abolition, including David Brion Davis, Ira Berlin, and Steven Hahn, have recently depicted the period from the 1777 Vermont Constitution through the ratification of the 13th Amendment as a “long emancipation.”1 With his insightful and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the Early Republic University of Pennsylvania Press

Eighty-Eight Years: The Long Death of Slavery in the United States, 1777–1865 by Patrick Rael (review)

Journal of the Early Republic , Volume 37 (3) – Sep 1, 2017

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REVIEWS English playwright Tom Taylor becomes an almost profound commentator on transatlantic republicanism who inadvertently provided the perfect catone to Lincoln’s life. On that fateful night, indeed, as he laughed uproariously at the antics on stage, Lincoln was actually receiving “his final lesson about republicanism in the Atlantic world” (224). Dr ew R. McC oy is Jacob and Frances Hiatt Professor of History at Clark University. He is the author of The Last of the Fathers: James Madison and the Republican Legacy (Cambridge, UK, 1989) and The Elusive Republic: Political Economy in Jeffersonian America (Chapel Hill, NC, 1980). His current project is biographical, focusing on the early life of Abraham Lincoln in relation to the transformative developments of the early nineteenth century. Eighty-Eight Years: The Long Death of Slavery in the United States, 1777–1865. By Patrick Rael. (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2015. Pp. 392. Cloth, $89.95.) Reviewed by Paul J. Polgar A growing number of influential scholars who study American slavery and abolition, including David Brion Davis, Ira Berlin, and Steven Hahn, have recently depicted the period from the 1777 Vermont Constitution through the ratification of the 13th Amendment as a “long emancipation.”1 With his insightful and

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Journal of the Early RepublicUniversity of Pennsylvania Press

Published: Sep 1, 2017

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