Books by James Oakes

James Oakes, professor of history at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, is the author of acclaimed works on slavery and the South. He lives in New York City.

Released: May 19, 2014

"A wordy yet interesting book that clearly shows the deep divisions that were the real causes of the Civil War."
Addresses Oakes (Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865, 2012, etc.) delivered for the Walter Lynwood Fleming Lectures at Louisiana State University are the basis for this book about the attempts to eliminate slavery while avoiding war in the United States. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 10, 2012

"A useful contribution to the literature about slavery and the Civil War."
A finely argued book about how the destruction of slavery involved much more than Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 15, 2007

"A readable account of the intersection of Lincoln and Douglass's careers, but an even better demonstration of the interplay between the agendas of passionate, single-minded reformers who prepare the public for change, and the talented politicians who master the art of the possible."
A sharp analysis by Oakes (History/City University of New York; Slavery and Freedom: An Interpretation of the Old South, 1998, etc.) of how Lincoln the politician and Douglass the reformer worked, separately and together, to abolish slavery in America. Read full book review >