By Larry E. Nelson
The South’s unmarried largest chance to impression political switch within the North used to be the presidential contest of 1864. If Lincoln’s help foundered and the North elected a president with a extra versatile imaginative and prescient of peace at the continent, the South could discover its dream of independence.
In Bullets, Ballots, and Rhetoric, Larry Nelson vividly brings to existence the complicated country of Northern politics through 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 by way of the Republicans within the elections of 1862, and turning out to be discontent within the border states and Midwest.
Nelson bargains an insider’s examine the management of Jefferson Davis, because it searched for cracks in Northern harmony and electoral possibilities to use. Bullets, Ballots, and Rhetoric is an engrossing account of a little-known side of Civil warfare statecraft and politics.
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