Lincoln and the Decision for War: The Northern Response to Secession / Edition 1

Lincoln and the Decision for War: The Northern Response to Secession / Edition 1

by Russell McClintock
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807831883

ISBN-13: 9780807831885

Pub. Date: 04/01/2008

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

When Abraham Lincoln's election in 1860 prompted several Southern states to secede, the North was sharply divided over how to respond. In this groundbreaking and highly praised book, McClintock follows the decision-making process from bitter partisan rancor to consensus. From small towns to big cities and from state capitals to Washington, D.C., McClintock

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When Abraham Lincoln's election in 1860 prompted several Southern states to secede, the North was sharply divided over how to respond. In this groundbreaking and highly praised book, McClintock follows the decision-making process from bitter partisan rancor to consensus. From small towns to big cities and from state capitals to Washington, D.C., McClintock highlights individuals both powerful and obscure to demonstrate the ways ordinary citizens, party activists, state officials, and national leaders interacted to influence the Northern response to what was essentially a political crisis. He argues that although Northerners' reactions to Southern secession were understood and expressed through partisan newspapers and officials, the decision fell into the hands of an ever-smaller group of people until finally it was Lincoln alone who would choose whether the future of the American republic was to be determined through peace or by sword.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807831885
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Series:
Civil War America Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface
Introduction
Chapter 1. On the Brink of the Precipice: The Election of 1860
Chapter 2. I Would Not Endanger the Perpetuity of This Union: November
Chapter 3. Proportions of Which I Had but a Faint Conception: Early December
Chapter 4. The Issues of the Late Campaign Are Obsolete: Late December
Chapter 5. We Know Not What a Day or Two or an Hour May Bring Forth: December- January
Chapter 6. One's Opinions Change Fast in Revolutionary Times: January-February
Chapter 7. The Storm Is Weathered: January-February, Revisited
Chapter 8. A Calm Pervades the Political World: March
Chapter 9. Any Decision Would Be Preferable to This Uncertainty: March-April
Chapter 10. Everybody Now Is for the Union: April-May
Conclusion: Shall It Be Peace, or a Sword?
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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