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Response to Review of Lincoln, Congress, and Emancipation

I greatly appreciate the opportunity to respond to Professor Grant's review of Lincoln, Congress, and Emancipation, which Don Kennon and I edited on behalf of the U.S. Capital Historical Society and Ohio University Press.  I really have nothing to add to the review.  It is fair and generous, and underscores Professor Grant's standing as a leading scholar of U.S. history.  Don and I thank her, and Reviews in History, for this very serious analysis of our book.
 
I hope the review stimulates people to use the book and respond to the arguments in it.  The book itself comes from conferences that the U.S. Capital Historical Society runs every year.    The conferences are usually held in the first week of May in one of the hearing rooms of the U.S. Senate.  It has often been in the famous Senate Caucus Room where the Watergate hearings took place a well as the Senate investigations over the Teapot Dome scandal, the Kefauver crime hearings, and the Army-McCarthy hearings.  We are thus able to contemplate history in a room where history was made.
 
The timing of these conferences, and the publication of this book, reminds us how important history is to the modern world.  I am writing this in the wake of the murderous events in Charlottesville and the decisions of many cities, universities, and other places to remove monuments to the Confederacy, which was conceived in slavery and dedicated to the proposition that all men are not created equal. Lincoln, Congress, and Emancipation, will, I hope, help illuminate the historical background to freedom and the ending of slavery in the US.  
 
In 2018 we will have two more books related to this subject.  Congress and the People's Contest:  The Conduct of the Civil War will be published in January 2018 by Ohio University Press, and Congress and the Home Front During the Civil War will be out in the Fall of 2018.  These books will further illuminate the intersection between Congress and the Executive Branch during the Civil War period.  Other books will follow.
 
This May we will have a Conference focusing on two great events of 1868 – 150 years ago – the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment and the Impeachment Trial of Andrew Johnson.   We are just now putting together the speakers, and I would welcome communication with readers of this journal who might want to offer a paper.  I can be reached at [email protected]
 
Again, I thank the Journal for allowing me to respond to Professor Grant’s review.