- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press (October 9, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195306686
- ISBN-13: 978-0195306682
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Copperheads: The Rise and Fall of Lincoln's Opponents in the North
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"Combining meticulous research in military, political, and social history with an engaging narrative, Weber's excellent book challenges the prevailing views of historians."--Joseph R. Fornieri, Indiana Magazine of History
"A fine narrative history."--Phillip Shaw Paludan, Journal of Military History
"Weber's account offers an excellent starting point for specialists and nonspecialists alike who want to understand the very real challenges to the Licoln administration."--Sean Nalty, The Virginia Quarterly Review
"Weber has written a compelling, well-researched, and persuasive account of what the Copperheards believed, their emergence as a significant force during the war, and the role military events played in their historyThis is an essential work for anyone seeking to better understand the politics of the Civil War."--The Civil War News
"A good book. Logically structured and eminently readable."--H-Net Reviews
"Jennifer Weber has written a wonderful and timely book that explores the nature and value of wartime dissent. Copperheads describes a genuine, thoughtful opposition to war and the concentration of governmental power. In a well-crafted study, she explains how individuals could perceive a war to create civil rights by destroying slavery as a war that trampled civil liberties in the process." --Joseph Glatthaar, author of Forged in Battle: The Civil War Alliance of Black Soldiers and White Officers
"This excellent study of the most conservative element of the Democratic Party during the Civil War offers a powerful reminder that the North, even as it sought to put down the Confederate rebellion, suffered from deep political divisions. It fruitfully argues that Copperheads more than once threatened the Union war effort before ending the conflict as a group despised only slightly less in the North than the vanquished rebels. Weber's study supersedes older works and is now the obvious place to begin any study of the Copperhead movement." --Gary W. Gallagher, author of The Confederate War
"Jennifer Weber's Copperheads dispels outworn myths in her compelling narrative of Abraham Lincoln's all too real opponents in the North. Her fresh research has established a new baseline for all future interpretations of an often overlooked movement." --Ronald C. White Jr., author of Lincoln's Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural and The Eloquent President: A Portrait of Lincoln Through His Words
"Historians of the Civil War era will raise a joyful hymn to Jennifer Weber for this fine study of Copperhead dissenters. Combining deep research, assured judgment, shrewd insights, and energetic writing, Copperheads challenges the prevailing orthodoxy, showing how anti-war northerners constituted a very real threat to the Union administration's effective conduct of the war. It is a compelling case, engagingly and persuasively made." --Richard Carwardine, author of Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power, winner of the Lincoln Prize
"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
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
In this book, Professor Weber has contributed valuable insights into the nature of the Copperhead movement and whether or not they posed a legitimate threat to the Union war effort. Weber convincingly argues that, contrary to the assertions of previous historians, the Copperheads posed a legitimate threat to the continued efforts of the Union to subdue the Confederacy. She discusses in detail the evolution of the Copperhead movement and the reasons the movement waxed or waned in strength as the war progressed. Ultimately, her postmortem analysis of the Copperheads argues that the inability of them to see the necessities of wartime, their lack of organization, their lack of a coherent and detailed peace plan, and their lack of support from the soldiery of the Union army all led to their downfall.
This is book is simply a must read for anyone interested in the antiwar movement in the North during the Civil War.