The Scorpion's Sting
Antislavery and the Coming of the Civil War
By James Oakes
(W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393239935, 207pp.)
Publication Date: May 2014
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The scorpion's sting is the centerpiece of this fresh, incisive exploration of slavery and the Civil War: Was there a peaceful route to abolition? Was Lincoln late to emancipation? What role did race play in the politics of slavery? With stunning insight James Oakes moves us ever closer to a new understanding of the most momentous events in our history.