Freedom, Union, and Power: Lincoln and His Party in the Civil War

Freedom, Union, and Power: Lincoln and His Party in the Civil War

by Michael Green


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Freedom, Union, and Power: Lincoln and His Party in the Civil War by Michael Green

Freedom, Union, and Power analyzes the beliefs of the Republican Party during the Civil War, how those beliefs changed, and what those changes foreshadowed for the future. The party's pre-war ideology of "free soil, free labor, free men" changed with the Republican ascent to power in the White House. With Lincoln's election, Republicans faced something new-responsibility for the government. With responsibility came the need to wage a war for the survival of that government, the country, and the party. And with victory in the war came responsibility responsibility for saving the Union-by ending slavery-and for pursuing policies that fit into their belief in a strong, free Union.

Michael Green shows how Republicans had to wield federal power to stop a rebellion against freedom and union. Crucial to their use of federal power was their hope of keeping that power-the intersection of policy and politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823222759
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 04/28/2004
Series: North's Civil War Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 398
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Michael Green is a scholar of history.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations Used in the Notesix
Preface and Acknowledgmentsxi
1.Freedom, Union, and Power: The Civil War Republican Party11
2.Free Labor, Freed Labor, and Free Capital30
3.The Great Secession Winter and the Politics of Power and Responsibility58
4.Lincoln's Warring Cabinet: Many Secretaries, One Ideology96
5.The Republicans and Slavery142
6.Law and Order: The Republicans, the Supreme Court, and the Constitution177
7.The Paradox of Power: Republicans and the Military216
8.The Republican Party, the Union Party, and Lincoln's Reelection253
9.Reforming and Remaking the Nation300
Conclusion: Success and Failures of Republican Ideology331

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