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Surrounded by a ring of fire, the scorpion stings itself to death. The image, widespread among antislavery leaders before the Civil War, captures their long-standing strategy for peaceful abolition: they would surround the slave states with a cordon of freedom, which would induce slaves to escape in ever-greater numbers, undermine the Southern economy, and finally lead to voluntary state abolition. The strategy animated Lincoln and his party in their efforts to use federal power to contain slavery; it was the reason the Southern states seceded when Lincoln was elected president.
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? Could the Civil War have been avoided? Was Lincoln late to emancipation? What role did race play in the politics of slavery? James Oakes examines these big questions with startling results.