The Congressman's Civil War

The Congressman's Civil War

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In the historical literature of the American Civil War, the president, the generals, and the cabinet secretaries have won the war of words. Of the hundreds of men who served in the House of Representatives during this struggle, only a handful typically appear in general discussions of the period. Yet without a deeper understanding of the contributions of the members of Congress to the successful prosecution of the war we cannot fully appreciate the desperate nature of that conflict and its significance in the building of the nation. This book explores important aspects of the Civil War from the perspective of Capital Hill. It is an effort to reconnoiter some of the possibilities for understanding the congressmen, their relations with one another, and their interaction with President Lincoln. Designed as an exploration rather than as a full-scale history of the Civil War Congress, this book reveals a legislature in which the average length of service was very short, although a relatively small core of national public figures provide continuity.show more

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  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 1139242504
  • 9781139242509

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Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. The paths of power: congressional career lines and the coming of war; 2. Lincoln and the 'disorderly schoolboys': a chapter in executive-legislative relations; 3. An 'inquiring disposition': the investigative process in the House of Representatives; 4. 'God alone can guide us': authority structures in the House of Representatives; 5. Conclusion; Appendix; Notes; Index.show more

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"[This book] explores a world of strong ideology and crucial party decisions in a manner that can serve as a model for future efforts by historians of the Middle Period. Bogue breaks some new ground by skillfully integrating the results of recent historical work into his conclusions. This 'view from Capitol Hill rather than from the White House' is a welcome addition to the writings of the Civil War period." The Journal of Southern History "This is a book that is much needed and long overdue...Blumin tackles this immense and important subject with remarkable confidence." The Journal of American History "[This book] explores a world of strong ideology and crucial party decisions in a manner that can serve as a model for future efforts by historians of the Middle Period. Bogue breaks some new ground by skillfully integrating the results of recent historical work into his conclusions. This 'view from Capitol Hill rather than from the White House' is a welcome addition to the writings of the Civil War period." The Journal of Southern History "This is a book that is much needed and long overdue...Blumin tackles this immense and important subject with remarkable confidence." The Journal of American Historyshow more

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