The Crooked Path to Abolition: Abraham Lincoln and the Antislavery Constitution | James Oakes

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2021: Book #5






Those are four words I’d use to describe James Oakes’ book “The Crooked Path to Abolition: Abraham Lincoln and the Antislavery Constitution.”

Oakes walks you through all the arguments, from Lincoln’s time, of how the constitution was either pro or anti-slavery.

You see how Lincoln was anti-slavery from an early age, but you also learn how he was willing to allow the wheels of history to assist him in destroying slavery. When history didn’t move fast enough, he gave it a massive nudge.


For anyone who doesn’t believe that the Civil War was about slavery, please read this book.

Some will say the war was about states’ rights.  Correct, some states wanted the right to classify people as property.  Lincoln and others believed the constitution guaranteed freedom, not slavery.


This is a book for Lincoln nerds and Civil War buffs.

It is readable and enjoyable.

5 out of 5 stars.


That’s book #5 for 2021.

47 more to go.

Leaders are readers.

If you want to be a better leader…be a reader.


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