Emancipation, the Union Army, and the Reelection of Abraham by Jonathan W. White PDF

By Jonathan W. White

The Union army's overwhelming vote for Abraham Lincoln's reelection in 1864 has led many Civil warfare students to finish that the warriors supported the Republican celebration and its attempt to abolish slavery. In Emancipation, the Union military, and the Reelection of Abraham Lincoln Jonathan W. White demanding situations this reigning paradigm in Civil conflict historiography, arguing in its place that the soldier vote within the presidential election of 1864 isn't a competent index of the army's ideological motivation or political sentiment. even though seventy eight percentage of the warriors' votes have been solid for Lincoln, White contends that this was once now not completely because of a political or social conversion to the Republican get together. quite, he argues, historians have overlooked mitigating elements comparable to voter turnout, intimidation on the polls, and the way infantrymen voted in nonpresidential elections in 1864.

While spotting that many squaddies replaced their perspectives on slavery and emancipation in the course of the warfare, White means that a substantial quantity nonetheless rejected the Republican platform, and that many that voted for Lincoln disagreed along with his perspectives on slavery. He likewise explains that many northerners thought of a vote for the Democratic price ticket as treasonous and an admission of defeat.

Using formerly untapped court-martial documents from the nationwide data, in addition to manuscript collections from around the nation, White convincingly revises many in general held assumptions concerning the Civil battle period and offers a deeper realizing of the Union Army.

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