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Lincoln and His Party in the Secession Crisis

Lincoln and His Party in the Secession Crisis

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Originally published in 1942, this perceptive and impartial analysis of one of the most baffling periods in American history--the months between the election of Lincoln and the fall of Fort Sumter--was a bold declaration of intellectual independence. David M. Potter revolted against the prevailing southern argument that Lincoln deliberately provoked the South into war to bring a violent end to slavery, arguing instead that the new president followed the least aggressive course available to him in dealing with the secession crisis.

Based on a painstaking examination of the writings and statements of both the northern principal players in the crisis and other, lesser-known Republicans who revealed the sentiment of the party's rank and file, this groundbreaking study details the Republicans' attitudes to the threat of secession, their reaction to the actual withdrawal of the southern states, and their faith that the Union could be restored without violence. Daniel W. Crofts provides a new Introduction, setting Potter's account in the context of contemporary literature.

Author: David M. Potter
Publisher: LSU Press
Published: 12/01/1995
Pages: 440
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.06lbs
Size: 8.02h x 5.18w x 1.00d
ISBN: 9780807120279

About the Author

David M. Potter was Coe Professor of American History at Stanford University. He authored several books, including People of Plenty: Economic Abundance and the National Character and The Impending Crisis, 1848-1861.

Daniel W. Crofts is professor of history at Trenton State College. He is the author of Old Southampton: Politics and Society in a Virginia County, 1834-1869 and Reluctant Confederates: Upper South Unionists in the Secession Crisis.

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