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  • Emancipation Proclamation only one piece in ending slavery, historian says

    The war and military necessity are what prompted Lincoln to issue his preliminary Emancipation Proclamation 150 years ago, says historian Bruce Levine, but the Civil War itself was by then already working to dismantle slavery and upend the southern society built around it.

    The war and military necessity are what prompted Lincoln to issue his preliminary Emancipation Proclamation 150 years ago, says historian Bruce Levine, but the Civil War itself was by then already working to dismantle slavery and upend the southern society built around it.

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  • Editor's note: To contact Bruce Levine, call 217-722-8381; email blevine3@illinois.edu.

    Levine’s previous books on the war include “Confederate Emancipation: Southern Plans to Free and Arm Slaves During the Civil War” and “Half Slave & Half Free: The Roots of Civil War.” Levine will be spending most of this academic year as the Rogers Distinguished Fellow in 19th-Century American History at the Huntington Library in San Marino, Calif.