Hall Center For The Humanities


James Oakes
Professor of History, City University of New York; Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer

A Conversation with James Oakes
Humanities Lecture Series : Conversation

Fri., Apr. 10, 2015, 10:00am - 11:30am

James Oakes is Professor of History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer, as well as author of Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-865 (2013), a powerful history of emancipation that reshapes our understanding of Lincoln, the Civil War, and the end of American slavery. Freedom National is a groundbreaking history that joins the political initiatives of Lincoln and the Republicans in Congress with the courageous actions of Union soldiers and runaway slaves in the South. It shatters the widespread conviction that the Civil War was first and foremost a war to restore the Union and only gradually, when it became a military necessity, a war to end slavery. The OAH promotes excellence in the scholarship, teaching, and presentation of American history, and encourages wide discussion of historical questions and equitable treatment of all practitioners of history.

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