"[W]ith the publication of Don E. Fehrenbacher's monumental study THE SLAVEHOLDING REPUBLIC, the task of understanding the federal government's relationship to slavery is closer at hand. Fehrenbacher did not live to complete his lifelong work. But his former student Ward M. McAfee finished the task, maintaining his mentor's clear prose, subtle analysis and even-handed judgments. Their combined effort makes whole a story that has previously been told in bits and pieces; no one has addressed the subject more comprehensively."Fehrenbacher, Don E. is the author of 'Slaveholding Republic An Account of the United States Government's Relations to Slavery', published 2002 under ISBN 9780195158052 and ISBN 0195158059.