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Lincoln and the Decision for War: The Northern Response to Secession

Russell McClintock


When Abraham Lincoln's election in 1860 prompted several Southern states to secede, the North was sharply divided over how to respond. This book follows the decision-making process from bitter partisan rancor to consensus. From small towns to big cities and from state capitals to Washington, it highlights individuals both powerful and obscure to demonstrate the ways ordinary citizens, party activists, state officials, and national leaders interacted to influence the Northern response to what was essentially a political crisis. The book argues that although Northerners' reactions to Southern se ... More

Keywords: Abraham Lincoln, political crisis, Southern secession, Southern states, North, party activists, state officials, partisan

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780807831885
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807886328_mcclintock


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Russell McClintock, author