American History

The American History Book Club will discuss Lincoln and the Democrats: The Politics of Opposition in the Civil War by Mark Neely Jr. (Cambridge University Press, $24.99). Lincoln and the Democrats describes the vexatious behavior of a two-party system in war and points to the sound parts of the American system which proved to be the country's salvation: local civic pride, and quiet nonpartisanship in mobilization and funding for the war, for example. While revealing that the role of a noxious 'white supremacy' in American politics of the period has been exaggerated - as has the power of the Copperheads - Neely revives the claim that the Civil War put the country on the road to 'human rights', and also uncovers a previously unnoticed tendency toward deceptive and impractical grandstanding on the Constitution during war in the United States.

Event date: 

Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 10:00am

Event address: 

The Bookworm
Lincoln and the Democrats (Cambridge Essential Histories) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781107637634
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Published: Cambridge University Press - March 22nd, 2019

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