I appreciate John Farmer and/or Will's careful cluing of ABOLITION OF SLAVERY as an objective of Douglass and Stowe rather than as the goal of the EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION. But then again, that was in fact the ultimate goal of the Proclamation, no? By the end of 1862, Lincoln wanted to win the war and free the slaves everywhere, even though the Proclamation only called for emancipation in Confederate-held territory. A clue like "ultimate result of the Emancipation Proclamation" for ABOLITION OF SLAVERY doesn't work for the NYT CWP at this moment in time...I hope it will work in fewer than 150 years from now.
Extending the quibbling spirit further: Rex observes that the symmetry of the thematic answers is "indeed fortuitous." If the ghost of William Safire were editing Rex's blog, we'd have "fortunate" here instead of "fortuitous." But we can use a word that means fortunate in the accidental sense rather than fortunate in the meant-to-be sense, no? Fortuitous is that word...thx to Rex for using it that way and may that usage escape the coils of the language police in 2013.
One final quibble: OF SLAVERY at the left side of the grid doesn't feel quite right.