Lincoln and the Democrats: The Politics of Opposition in the Civil War

Lincoln and the Democrats: The Politics of Opposition in the Civil War

by Mark E. Neely, Jr


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Lincoln and the Democrats describes the vexatious behavior of a two-party system in war and points to the sound parts of the American system which proved to be the country's salvation: local civic pride, and quiet nonpartisanship in mobilization and funding for the war, for example. While revealing that the role of a noxious 'white supremacy' in American politics of the period has been exaggerated - as has the power of the Copperheads - Neely revives the claim that the Civil War put the country on the road to 'human rights', and also uncovers a previously unnoticed tendency toward deceptive and impractical grandstanding on the Constitution during war in the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107036260
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/07/2017
Series: Cambridge Essential Histories Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

About the Author

Mark E. Neely, Jr is Emeritus Professor of History at Pennsylvania State University, specialising in political and constitutional history. His book, The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberty (1992), won the Pulitzer Prize for History.

Table of Contents

1. Beyond politics: how the North won the Civil War; 2. The elections of 1862, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the invention of the Democratic Party myth; 3. The problem of a loyal opposition; 4. The elusive constitutionalism of the Democratic Party; 5. Lincoln, the Constitution, and the birth of human rights.

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