By Larry E. Nelson
The South’s unmarried largest chance to influence political swap within the North used to be the presidential contest of 1864. If Lincoln’s aid foundered and the North elected a president with a extra versatile imaginative and prescient of peace at the continent, the South may perhaps become aware of its dream of independence.
In Bullets, Ballots, and Rhetoric, Larry Nelson vividly brings to existence the complicated kingdom of Northern politics throughout the election 12 months of 1863. He recounts fluctuations within the price of the buck, draft resistance and riots, protests against emancipation, political defeats suffered through the Republicans within the elections of 1862, and starting to be discontent within the border states and Midwest.
Nelson deals an insider’s examine the management of Jefferson Davis, because it searched for cracks in Northern cohesion and electoral possibilities to use. Bullets, Ballots, and Rhetoric is an engrossing account of a little-known aspect of Civil warfare statecraft and politics.
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