By Jonathan W. White
The Union army's overwhelming vote for Abraham Lincoln's reelection in 1864 has led many Civil warfare students to finish that the warriors supported the Republican get together and its attempt to abolish slavery. In Emancipation, the Union military, and the Reelection of Abraham Lincoln Jonathan W. White demanding situations this reigning paradigm in Civil conflict historiography, arguing as a substitute that the soldier vote within the presidential election of 1864 isn't a competent index of the army's ideological motivation or political sentiment. even though seventy eight percentage of the warriors' votes have been solid for Lincoln, White contends that this was once no longer utterly as a result of a political or social conversion to the Republican celebration. particularly, he argues, historians have missed mitigating elements resembling voter turnout, intimidation on the polls, and the way infantrymen voted in nonpresidential elections in 1864.
While spotting that many infantrymen replaced their perspectives on slavery and emancipation throughout the conflict, White means that a substantial quantity nonetheless rejected the Republican platform, and that many that voted for Lincoln disagreed together with his perspectives on slavery. He likewise explains that many northerners thought of a vote for the Democratic price tag as treasonous and an admission of defeat.
Using formerly untapped court-martial documents from the nationwide data, in addition to manuscript collections from around the nation, White convincingly revises many in general held assumptions in regards to the Civil warfare period and offers a deeper knowing of the Union Army.
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Emancipation, the Union Army, and the Reelection of Abraham Lincoln (Conflicting Worlds: New Dimensions of the American Civil War) by Jonathan W. White