Abraham Lincoln and the Union: A Chronicle of the Embattled North

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CHAPTER III
THE POLITICIANS AND THE NEW DAY

THE South had thus far been kept in line with the cause of political evasion by a small group of able politicians, chief among whom were Robert Toombs, Howell Cobb, and Alexander H. Stephens. Curiously enough all three were Georgians, and this might indeed be called the day of Georgia in the history of the South.

A different type of man, however, and one significant of a divergent point of view, had long endeavored to shake the leadership of the Georgian group. Rhett in South Carolina, Jefferson Davis in Mississippi, and above all Yancey in Alabama, together with the interests and sentiment which they represented, were almost ready to contest the orthodoxy of the policy of "nothing doing." To consolidate the interests behind them, to arouse and fire the sentiment on which they relied, was now the confessed purpose of these determined

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  • THE CHRONICLES OF AMERICA SERIES iii
  • Title Page v
  • Preface ix
  • Contents xi
  • Abraham Lincoln and the Union 1
  • Chapter II - The Party of Political Evasion 19
  • Chapter III - The Politicians and the New Day 40
  • Chapter IV - The Crisis 59
  • Chapter V - Secession 81
  • Chapter VI - War 102
  • Chapter VII - Lincoln 126
  • Chapter VIII - The Rule of Lincoln 142
  • Chapter IX - The Crucial Matter 168
  • Chapter X - The Secretary of the Treasury 192
  • Chapter XI - Northern Life During the War 204
  • Chapter XII - The Mexican Episode 224
  • Chapter XIII - The Plebiscite of 1864 233
  • Chapter XIV - Lincoln's Final Intentions 251
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