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The Hidden Civil War based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This is a fascinating history of the political conflicts in the Union during the Civil War. Gray introduces the reader to the "Copperheads," anti-war Democrats in the North. This group feared a much more powerful central government would result from a Union victory. They were a powerful force during the war--Lincoln feared this group as much as the rebel armies, referring to them as the "fire in the rear." Gray has a harsh verdict on the legacy of these men; he considers them shallow, racist political hacks. I have a more positive evaluation of them; I felt some of their grievances were justified. After all, they were right about one huge event--the central government did grow tremendously after the war.