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No Party Now: Politics in the Civil War North

Adam I. P. Smith

Abstract

During the Civil War, Northerners fought each other in elections with almost as much zeal as they fought Southern rebels on the battlefield. Yet politicians and voters alike claimed that partisanship was dangerous in a time of national crisis. This book challenges the prevailing view that political processes in the North somehow helped the Union be more stable and effective in the war. Instead, it argues, early efforts to suspend party politics collapsed in the face of divisions over slavery and the purpose of the war. At the same time, new contexts for political mobilization, such as the army ... More

Keywords: partisanship, antiparty, American Civil War, political mobilization, wartime politics, Union Leagues

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195188653
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195188653.001.0001

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Adam I. P. Smith, author
University College London
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