Freedom, Union, and Power: Lincoln and His Party in the Civil War (The North's Civil War) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0823222759
ISBN-10: 0823222756
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"...a valuable addition to the literature on Civil War politics..." -- Indiana Magazine of History

"Green provides a lucid description and explanation of the new appointments to the Supreme Court..." -- Civil War History

"Useful to anyone interested in the complexities of Civil War politics." -- North & South, March 2005

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Michael Green is professor of history at the Community College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas.
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Product Details

  • Series: The North's Civil War (Book 27)
  • Hardcover: 398 pages
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press; 1 edition (April 28, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823222756
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823222759
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 1.1 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,667,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This text is written for the academic crowd -- no pictures, extensive endnotes, and a bibliography so long (38 pages) that's its divided into six sections. It assumes the reader already knows the main events leading up to the Civil War, the battles that took place, and the leading political and military actors. However, it reads easily (unlike most academic texts) with fascinating quotes from letters, newspapers, and speeches woven around the themes that united the Republicans: Freedom, Union, and Power.

To illustrate the author's style of writing, here's a randomly selected sentence from page 180:

"Ben Wade, the waspish radical center from Ohio, had no use for those to whom the Constitution was 'a stumbling block,' nor did his equally bellicose friend and colleague, Zachariah Chandler of Michigan, cotton to those with 'constitution on the brain.'"

Although primarily intended for university and college libraries, Civil War buffs with $65 to spare will find this book rewarding and entertaining. Quotes, trivia, and political anecdotes are sprinkled liberally throughout the chapters and supplied in such mind-boggling detail that I now know why the author spent several years struggling though the research and writing it required.

Since I don't have a Ph.D. in Civil War history, as the author does, I was irritated by the fact that a chronology of important events was not included. However, I found a nice one at: <[...]>

The ten chapters are organized in a loose chronological order:

1. Freedom, Union, and Power: The Civil War Republican Party
2. Free Labor, Freed Labor, and Free Capital
3. The Great Secession Winter and the Politics of Power and Responsibility
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