The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 51, July 1947 - April, 1948 Page: 278
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
P. Abernethy's Three Virginia Frontiers, another book in this
series of lectures. Beginning with the first book in the series,
Behind the Lines in the Southern Confederacy, by the late Dr.
Charles W. Ramsdell of The University of Texas, these books
have been exceedingly good.
In reading this book for review I expressed the wish several
times that I might have heard the lectures. The inflections of
the lecturer's voice, the gestures made in presenting the lectures,
and the reactions of the audience cannot be recaptured by one
who must read the lectures in printed form. The printed lec-
tures, to be sure, gave me great enjoyment and much food for
thought, but I feel that they would have meant even more to
me if I could have seen the speaker and heard his voice as he
presented the four lectures.
Professor Randall introduced his audience to Lincoln in the
first lecture, "When Lincoln Looked South," as a man who "had
the background and the natural impulse for a clear appreciation
of Southern viewpoints" (inside flap front cover). The second
lecture, "Lincoln and the Southern Border," presented more
clearly than I have ever heard or read not only the largeness of
the problem of keeping the border states of Missouri, Kentucky,
Maryland, and Delaware in the Union and out of the Confed-
eracy, but also the genuine concern which Lincoln had for the
problem. The "border issue" was one of the greatest problems
which Lincoln faced and "involved so much that it almost com-
prehended the totality of Lincoln's main problem" (p. 50). Pro-
fessor Randall showed very convincingly that the border states
were predominantly Southern.
The burden of the third lecture, "Design for Freedom," was
to explain Lincoln's plan for freeing the slaves. It must always
be remembered, and it cannot be said too often, that Lincoln's
party had no "intention of killing slavery in the states" (p. 86).
Lincoln's emancipation proclamation was a war measure and,
like the other war measures which he used, was designed to
preserve the Union. The blame for the institution of slavery
could be placed both on slaveholders and on many of those who
did not own any slaves. In this lecture Professor Randall posed
the question of Lincoln's design for freedom and said it was
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 51, July 1947 - April, 1948, periodical, 1948; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101119/m1/346/: accessed December 14, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.