U.S. History

"The Scorpion's Sting: Antislavery and the Coming of the Civil War"

James Oakes

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Historian James Oakes examines the plan that intended to produce a peaceful end to slavery prior to the Civil War.  The proposal, called for the utilization of federal mandates to surround slave-holding states with a "cordon of freedom" that would encourage slaves to escape in large numbers, which in turn would harm the Southern economy and push states to electively abolish slavery.  James Oakes speaks at the New York Historical Society in New York City.

About the Authors

James Oakes

James Oakes' books include Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865, the winner of the Lincoln Prize.


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"The Scorpion's Sting: Antislavery and the Coming of the Civil War"

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  • Sunday, August 24th at 3:30am (ET)
  • Sunday, July 27th at 7:30am (ET)
  • Saturday, July 5th at 5pm (ET)
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