Lincoln and His Party in the Secession Crisis / Edition 1

Lincoln and His Party in the Secession Crisis / Edition 1

by David Morris Potter
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807120278

ISBN-13: 9780807120279

Pub. Date: 11/01/1995

Publisher: Louisiana State University Press

Originally published in 1942, this perceptive and impartial analysis of one of the most baffling periods in American history - the months between the election of Lincoln and the fall of Fort Sumter - was a bold declaration of intellectual independence. David M. Potter revolted against the prevailing southern argument that Lincoln deliberately provoked the South into…  See more details below

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Originally published in 1942, this perceptive and impartial analysis of one of the most baffling periods in American history - the months between the election of Lincoln and the fall of Fort Sumter - was a bold declaration of intellectual independence. David M. Potter revolted against the prevailing southern argument that Lincoln deliberately provoked the South into war to bring a violent end to slavery, arguing instead that the new president followed the least aggressive course available to him in dealing with the secession crisis. Based on a painstaking examination of the writings and statements of both the northern principal players in the crisis and other, lesser-known Repubulicans who revealed the sentiment of the party's rank and file, this groundbreaking study details the Republicans' attitudes to the threat of secession, their reaction to the actual withdrawal of the southern states, and their faith that the Union could be restored without violence. Daniel W. Crofts provides a new Introduction, setting Potter's account in the context of contemporary literature.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807120279
Publisher:
Louisiana State University Press
Publication date:
11/01/1995
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.03(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Preface to the 1942 Edition
Preface to the 1962 Edition
IThe Shopworn Threat of Secession1
IIThe Irrepressible Conflict within the Republican Party20
IIICertain Republicans Discover a New Crisis and an Old Compromise45
IVInterregnum in the Republican Party75
VConservative Pressure Demoralizes the Republican Ranks112
VILincolns Perilous Silence134
VIILincoln Marshals His Party against Compromise156
VIIIPartisan Leaders and the Popular Will188
IXThe Alternative of Voluntary Reconstruction219
XPrerequisites to Reunion249
XIThe Secession Fever in Quarantine280
XIILincoln's Formula for Peace and Union315
XIIIThe Last Phase of Peacable Reconstruction336
Bibliographical Note376
Index389

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