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Louis Masur’s Lincoln’s Hundred Days is the first book to examine the critical period and the important changes between the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation in September, 1862 and the final document issued on January 1, 1863. In those tumultuous hundred days, and as battlefield deaths mounted, debate over the war and slavery raged. Masur employs vast primary sources to portray the daily struggles and enormous consequences of the president’s efforts as Lincoln led a nation through war and toward emancipation.