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Congress at war : how Republican reformers fought the Civil War, defied Lincoln, ended slavery, and remade America

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First edition.

"The story of how Congress helped win the Civil War -- a new perspective that puts the House and Senate, rather than Lincoln, at the center of the conflict. This [...] new perspective on the Civil War overturns the popular conception that Abraham Lincoln single-handedly led the Union to victory and gives us a vivid account of the essential role Congress played in winning the war. Building a riveting narrative around four influential members of Congress--Thaddeus Stevens, Pitt Fessenden, Ben Wade, and the pro-slavery Clement Vallandigham--Fergus Bordewich shows us how a newly empowered Republican party shaped one of the most dynamic and consequential periods in American history. From reinventing the nation's financial system to pushing President Lincoln to emancipate the slaves to the planning for Reconstruction, Congress undertook drastic measures to defeat the Confederacy, in the process laying the foundation for a strong central government that came fully into being in the twentieth century. Brimming with drama and outsized characters, Congress at War is also one of the most original books about the Civil War to appear in years and will change the way we understand the conflict." --

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1 current hold with 2 total copies.
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Bristol Library 324.2 BOR (Text)
Adult Nonfiction
52134300059890
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Walworth-Seely Public Library 324.273 Bordewich (Text)
Adult New Materials
52129300973801
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Record details

  • ISBN: 9780451494443
  • ISBN: 045149444X
  • Physical Description: xx, 450 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2020.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"A Borzoi Book."
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary, etc.:
"The story of how Congress helped win the Civil War -- a new perspective that puts the House and Senate, rather than Lincoln, at the center of the conflict. This [...] new perspective on the Civil War overturns the popular conception that Abraham Lincoln single-handedly led the Union to victory and gives us a vivid account of the essential role Congress played in winning the war. Building a riveting narrative around four influential members of Congress--Thaddeus Stevens, Pitt Fessenden, Ben Wade, and the pro-slavery Clement Vallandigham--Fergus Bordewich shows us how a newly empowered Republican party shaped one of the most dynamic and consequential periods in American history. From reinventing the nation's financial system to pushing President Lincoln to emancipate the slaves to the planning for Reconstruction, Congress undertook drastic measures to defeat the Confederacy, in the process laying the foundation for a strong central government that came fully into being in the twentieth century. Brimming with drama and outsized characters, Congress at War is also one of the most original books about the Civil War to appear in years and will change the way we understand the conflict." -- Provided by the publisher.
Subject: Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ) > History > 19th century.
United States > Politics and government > 1861-1865.
United States. Congress > History > 19th century.
United States > History > Civil War, 1861-1865.
Social change > United States > History > 19th century.
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
United States. Congress.
American Civil War (1861-1865)
Politics and government.
Social change.
United States.
Genre: History.


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