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.
About the Author
Michael Green is a scholar of history.
Table of Contents
|Abbreviations Used in the Notes||ix|
|Preface and Acknowledgments||xi|
|1.||Freedom, Union, and Power: The Civil War Republican Party||11|
|2.||Free Labor, Freed Labor, and Free Capital||30|
|3.||The Great Secession Winter and the Politics of Power and Responsibility||58|
|4.||Lincoln's Warring Cabinet: Many Secretaries, One Ideology||96|
|5.||The Republicans and Slavery||142|
|6.||Law and Order: The Republicans, the Supreme Court, and the Constitution||177|
|7.||The Paradox of Power: Republicans and the Military||216|
|8.||The Republican Party, the Union Party, and Lincoln's Reelection||253|
|9.||Reforming and Remaking the Nation||300|
|Conclusion: Success and Failures of Republican Ideology||331|