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James A. Garfield
James A. Garfield Struggles to Hold Together the Union Party Crafted by Lincoln, While Asserting the Power of Congress to Set Reconstruction Policies Congress - not President Johnson - has the right “to fix the status of the rebel states,” he writes, adding “I have done what I could to avoid a breach, and to hold the Union Party together amid the breach…”.
1503. 15/03/1866. The Republican party - sectional and coming into power in March 1861 on the single issue of opposition to the extension of slavery - was forced by the secession movement to take up the task of preserving the Union by war. Consequently, the party developed new principles, welcomed the aid of the War Democrats, and found it advisable to drop its name and with its allies to form the National Union party. It was this National Union party that in 1864 nominated Abraham Lincoln, a Republican, and Andrew Johnson, a Democrat, on the same ticket. Lincoln's second Cabinet was composed of both Republicans and War Democrats. When the war ended, the Republican leaders were anxious to hold the Union party, which they essentially dominated, together, but instead found that there was a movement of the War Democrats back to their old party, which if it continued would leave in the Union party only its Republican members. And within those members, the radical leaders, favoring difficult hurdles for Southern states seeking to regain their status in good standing within the nation, predominated.Though all factions within the South supported the war after it began, the former Whigs and Douglas Democrats - those who had been ""Union"" men in 1860, when it was over, expected to reorganize in opposition to the extreme Democrats, who were now charged with being responsible for the misfortunes the war had brought their region. The ex-Whigs in particular were in a position to affiliate with the National Union party of the North if proper inducements were offered, while the old-styl … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: The Raab Collection [United States]
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