- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press (October 9, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195306686
- ISBN-13: 978-0195306682
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.2 x 6.3 inches
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Copperheads: The Rise and Fall of Lincoln's Opponents in the North
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"An excellent starting point for specialists and nonspecialists alike who want to understand the very real challenges to the Lincoln administration."--Sean Nalty, Virginia Quarterly Review
"Readers will find this an engaging and enjoyable book that covers the central issues and characters."--Peter Knupfer, Journal of Illinois History
"A fine narrative history."--Phillip Shaw Paludan, Journal of Military History
"Perhaps the greatest contribution that this book will make is to encourage historians to reevaluate their comfortable notion that dissenters were marginal and that the 'peace wing' of the Democratic Party not a real threat. Weber has rendered magnificent service to Civil War historians by reminding us of that fact."--Adam I.P. Smith American Historical Review
"Charts a new and exciting historiographical course."--The Historian
About the Author
Jennifer L. Weber was a newspaper journalist before becoming an academic historian. She is now Assistant Professor of History at the University of Kansas.
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The other reason for the Civil War was unfair taxation imposed on the States that formed the Confederacy by the States that formed the Union. Those taxes were spent on unconstitutional "infrastructure" project to suit the Union's industrialists and bankers and did little to benefit those livingf in the States that formed the Confederacy.
The Framers were right about the dangers of standing armies. The soldiers' loyalty is devoted to the men that they trained and suffered with, not to those back home. They fight because they want to survive and they want the war to be over as quickly as possible so that they can return to their previous lives. What they do not know or understand is that war changes everything it touches and there is no going back at the end of a war. This phenomenon effected both sides of the Great Internal Conflict of the Disunited States. A standing army becomes a political block that is loyal only to itself and its individual members will readily turn on any who doubt the need for its existence or the need for the war it is engaged in.
Abraham Lincoln, systematically destroyed the very nature of these United States. He set the precedent for every evil we as a nation have suffered since the great tragedy that he instigated. He might well be the single most evil man to have ever walked upon Earth. He had neither love nor respect for black people. He stated more than once that he did not want to end slavery, only to maintain the Union, which is a stance that is in direct conflict with the Declaration of Independence.
The mid term elections, then and now, favored the party not in the White House. The peace Party wanted to settle with the South in 1862. The Democrats wanted to maintain slavery. Status Quo. There was wide spread sentiments to quit the war. Parts of Ohio, Indiana and Illinois wanted to form a new state and join the South. New York City wanted to secede and become an independent city.
By 1864, the Copperheads were powerful enough to threaten Lincoln's chances for re-election. General McClellan was the nominee, but was not a Copperhead. The Copperheads gained control of the platform and wrote an extremely one sided view and this doomed their party's chance. That said, the vote was 55% for Lincoln and 45% for McClellan. Not a landslide. The battle wins of 1864 helped sway the independent voters.
Interesting book that covers a subject that most books just glean over. Well researched, well written.
The forward of this book, written by James McPherson, best sums up Weber's writing at it very end: "Faced with a war to his front, (Lincoln) called this "the fire in the rear". Without an understanding of that fire in the rear, our knowledge of the war at the front is incomplete. This book tells that story."
Nicely done Professor Weber.