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Two against Lincoln : Reverdy Johnson and Horatio Seymour : champions of the loyal opposition / William C. Harris.

By: Harris, William C. (William Charles), 1933- [author.].
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: Lawrence, Kansas : University Press of Kansas, 2017Description: 1 online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780700624133; 0700624139.Subject(s): Politicians -- United States -- Biography | Unionists (United States Civil War) -- BiographyAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Two against Lincoln.DDC classification: 973.8 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Part I. Reverdy Johnson: conservative unionist -- Defender of the republic and the Constitution -- Johnson and Lincoln: a fragile collaboration -- Civil War senator and Lincoln nemesis -- After the war: Republican adversary -- Part II. Horatio Seymour: Democratic leader -- Seymour and Lincoln: the early sparring -- A thorn in Lincoln's side, 1863 -- Democratic champion, 1864 -- Reconstruction dissident and presidential candidate -- Conclusions.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Part I. Reverdy Johnson: conservative unionist -- Defender of the republic and the Constitution -- Johnson and Lincoln: a fragile collaboration -- Civil War senator and Lincoln nemesis -- After the war: Republican adversary -- Part II. Horatio Seymour: Democratic leader -- Seymour and Lincoln: the early sparring -- A thorn in Lincoln's side, 1863 -- Democratic champion, 1864 -- Reconstruction dissident and presidential candidate -- Conclusions.

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The consensus that Abraham Lincoln was a popular president was the product of his tragic assassination. Lincoln faced political opposition from Democrats who disapproved of his prosecution of the war. Among the Democratic opposition, however, was a group of War Democrats who supported Lincoln's war to preserve the Union but opposed the means of accomplishing it. Harris (emer., history, North Carolina State Univ.) describes the activities of the most prominent War Democrats, New York Governor Horatio Seymour and Maryland Senator Reverdy Johnson. Both men believed that many of Lincoln's actions, including his Emancipation Proclamation and proposed Reconstruction policies, were unconstitutional and opposed Lincoln to preserve the legal concepts of the Union the war threatened to destroy. Both, however, suffered by being associated with the Peace Democrats (Copperheads), who many in the North believed were little more than traitors. In addition, both failed to recognize that Lincoln, in a situation never experienced by a president, took practical approaches to constitutional issues that the public generally supported, unlike Seymour and Johnson's strident constitutionalism. Harris has produced a revealing look at Civil War politics and constitutional interpretation. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries. --Steven J. Ramold, Eastern Michigan University

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