The Union Divided
Party Conflict in the Civil War North
By (author) Mark E. Neely
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Union Divided by Mark E. Neely
Book DescriptionIn 1863, Union soldiers from Illinois threatened to march from the battlefield to their state capital. Springfield had not been seized by the Rebels--but the state government was in danger of being captured by the Democrats.In "The Union Divided," Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Mark E. Neely, Jr., vividly recounts the surprising story of political conflict in the North during the Civil War. Examining party conflict as viewed through the lens of the developing war, the excesses of party patronage, the impact of wartime elections, the highly partisan press, and the role of the loyal opposition, Neely deftly dismantles the argument long established in Civil War scholarship that the survival of the party system in the North contributed to its victory.The many positive effects attributed to the party system were in fact the result of the fundamental operation of the Constitution, in particular a four-year president who was commander in chief. In several ways, the party system actually undermined the Northern war effort; Americans uneasy about normal party operations in the abnormal circumstances of civil war saw near-treason in the loyal opposition.Engagingly written and brilliantly argued, "The Union Divided" is an insightful and original contribution to Civil War studies and American political history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674016101
(202mm x 130mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Mark E. Neely
Lincoln and the Democrats, Paperback (January 2017)
This book explains the behavior of a two-party system during war - emphasizing the Democrats' role in the Civil War.
Lincoln's Generals, Paperback (September 2010)
Originally published: New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.
Civil War and the Limits of Destruction, Paperback (April 2010)
The Civil War is portrayed as the most brutal war in America's history, a premonition of twentieth-century slaughter. This book considers the war's destructiveness in a comparative context, revealing the sense of limits that guided the conduct of American soldiers and statesmen. It reveals how racial beliefs were a determinant of wartime behavior.
Lincoln Image, Paperback (September 2005)» View all books by Mark E. Neely
Focusing on prints produced in Lincoln's lifetime and in the iconographically important months immediately following his death, this illustrated volume pairs original photographs and paintings with the prints made from them. It includes wartime cartoons, Lincoln family portraits and renderings of the moment of the shooting at Ford's Theatre.
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Author Biography - Mark E. Neely
Mark E. Neely, Jr., is McCabe-Greer Professor of the History of the Civil War Era, Pennsylvania State University, and the author of a number of books, including his Pulitzer prize-winning The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties.
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