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Summary ´ Copperheads: The Rise and Fall of Lincoln's Opponents in the North ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Á The Northern home front during the Civil War was far from tranuil Fierce political debates set communities on edge spurred secret plots against the Union and triRoy their livestock burn their homes even kill them And she illuminates the role of Union soldiers who furious at Copperhead attacks on the war effort moved firmly behind Lincoln The soldiers' support for the embattled president kept him alive politically in his darkest times and their victories on the battlefield secured his re electionPacked with sharp observation and fresh interpretations Copperheads is a gripping account of the fierce dissent that Lincoln called the fire in the rear. One of the intriguing figures in American history is Clement Vallandingham a congressman from Ohio who believed the Union war effort to be a failure and advocated a reunified US by making concessions to the Confederacy I could not find a biography on him so I opted instead to read a book on the movement of which he was a leaderThe Copperhead Movement was a true threat to the Union war effort and had three distinct phases First conservative strict constructionists believed the war to be illegal and that states who voluntarily entered the Union could also voluntarily leave The logical conclusion is that Lincoln's efforts invading the South suspending Habeus Corpus etc to preserve the country's territorial integrity are the acts of a tyrant Second a racist phase ensued when the Emancipation Proclamation in the eyes of many northerners transformed the effort to a war for the union to a war for abolition something which they believed white soldiers should not die for And finally a third phase entered in 1864 when a string of Confederate victories led many northerners to believe the effort to reunite the country by force was futile and advocated that concessions be made to the Confederates in order to lure them back into the Union The Copperhead movement while strong at times was ultimately doomed to failure because they refused to acknowledge that the Confederacy would never agree to a peace that did not include southern independence and never promoted a viable alternative to war Their demise was finally achieved as the Union military victories in late 1864 and early 1865 made the Confederacy's collapse all but inevitable This book also made clear the effect that civilian criticisms had on the soldiers and how their advocacy to perpetuate the war was a major force in the defeat the peace movementAs I see it the Copperheads had a Constitutional leg to stand on The Constitution is silent on secession and in 1860 one could plausibly take the stand that the states which created the federal government could leave if they felt the compact they entered no longer furthered their interests Before the surrender of the last Confederate army there were several attempts to break off chunks of the union to form regional republics the Hartford Convention South Carolina during Jackson's presidency the Northwest during the Civil War etc The danger of the disintegration of the country has never reemerged since the Civil War and those that advocate secession now are relegated to fringe organizations Though we are fortunate that the Civil War put to rest any serious talk of secession Copperheads at the time were advocating a stance that had been historically viable and even endorsed by Thomas Jefferson With this philosophical and historical support Copperheads were certainly free to disagree with Webster and ultimately with Lincoln both of whom believed the Union to be perpetual To describe them as strict constructionist reactionaries as this book does I believe is a little unfair Otherwise this book's assessment of the Copperhead movement is right on While this book was certainly very interesting from a historic standpoint I was struck at how similar the peace wing of the Democratic Party from 150 years ago is to today's counterpart The assertion that an illegal war run by an incompetent president who uses a crisis to justify violating the civil liberties of American citizens the emergence of an ugly racist facet of opposition to the war delusions of what benefits the end of fighting will bring and perhaps most disturbing the readiness with which to accept defeat was as common in the 1860s as it is in the 2000s The peace factions then and now were uite delusional and one would hope that today's peace at any cost advocates will be as discredited as yesterday's Copperheads

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E South's favor Indeed by the summer of 1864 they had grown so strong that Lincoln himself thought his defeat was exceedingly likely Passionate defenders of civil liberties and states' rights and often virulent racists the Copperheads deplored Lincoln's suspension of habeas corpus his liberal interpretation of the Constitution and most vehemently his moves toward emancipation Weber reveals how the battle over these issues grew so heated that Northerners feared their neighbors would dest. A study of the anti war faction in the North during the Civil War A fascinating topic usually skimmed over in textbooks and surveys of the US Civil War Written in of an academic style than a popular style

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Copperheads The Rise and Fall of Lincoln's Opponents in the NorthThe Northern home front during the Civil War was far from tranuil Fierce political debates set communities on edge spurred secret plots against the Union and triggered widespread violence At the heart of all this turmoil stood the anti war Democrats nicknamed CopperheadsNow Jennifer L Weber offers the first full length portrait of this powerful faction to appear in almost half a century Weber reveals how the Copperheads came perilously close to defeating Lincoln and ending the war in th. Weber has done her homework The early part of the book in particular shows wide ranging new sources letters diaries small town newspapers This is the most important part of the book because it brings together new information and provides a basis for further scholarsExamples from all of the northern states or so I think I didn't count show how widespread the movement was The nature of the anecdotal material does not demonstrate how deep it was It appears to be deep in some communities and families but the only polling data of the time the elections of 1862 and 1864 do not reflect that depth Weber points out the circumstantial nature of these elections and how the Copperheads' fortunes rose and fell with success on the battlefield I held back a star though because in the MANY stories of people towns and politicians I did not find a central overviewThe later part of McClellan's nomination and the election that follows while not so rich in new material for me it was an excellent read Weber documents and explains how a War candidate and a Peace candidate came to be nominated in the same convention She goes on to explain Lincoln's landslideThe description demise of the Copperheads is brief Maybe this is all that is merited but it would have been good to have some examples here especially of the aforementioned communities where the Copperheads caused loss of life and property damageWeber sticks with history and does not draw parallels for today Since it is mentioned by other reviewers I will note Weber's observation that this peace movement was one of the conservative faction of the Democratic party Today's peace movement has its origins in the liberal faction of today's Democratic party It seems that the only thing Copperheads have in common with those against the operation is Irai is being against a war Weber clearly shows how racism fueled the Copperheads This issue is not at all present in the current peace movementThis book is a good contribution to Civil War research Its substance and sources will surely be used for future material