Emancipation, the Union Army, and the Reelection of Abraham Lincoln
296 pages /
6.00 x 9.00 inches /
JONATHAN W. WHITE is assistant professor of American Studies at Christopher Newport University and the author of Abraham Lincoln and Treason in the Civil War: The Trials of John Merryman.
Praise for Emancipation, the Union Army, and the Reelection of Abraham Lincoln
“Emancipation, the Union Army, and the Reelection of Abraham Lincoln is one of those all too infrequent Civil War studies that rise up unannounced to challenge emerging arenas of consensus in the literature. Because of this, White's book should be regarded as essential reading for historians and amateur scholars alike. A deeply original and award worthy effort (certainly a leading contender for placement on year end 'best of' lists), it is highly recommended.”—Civil War Books and Authors
“Jonathan W. White has written one of the more nuanced and compelling studies in existence of the political culture in the Union military. He challenges positions currently in the literature that Democratic soldiers wholeheartedly embraced emancipation and voted Republican in the 1864 election. In the process, he uncovers a surprising amount of meddling in elections and intimidation of soldiers by the Lincoln Administration. Featuring scrupulous research, transparent methodology, and forceful argument, this study is a must read for anyone interested in the impact of politics on the military in the Civil War.”—William Blair, Editor, Journal of the Civil War Era
“Jonathan W. White offers the best analysis, by far, of United States soldiers in the critical election of 1864. His meticulous handling of evidence and scrupulous attention to the context of the times yield a study that departs from the current scholarly orthodoxy and will force a major reconsideration of who voted, why they voted, and how their votes have been mischaracterized. It is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand Abraham Lincoln’s reelection to a second term.”—Gary W. Gallagher, author of The Union War
Video: Gary Gallagher discusses Emancipation, the Union Army, and the Reelection of Abraham Lincoln
Civil War scholar Gary Gallagher praises Jonathan White's book in his lecture for the Virginia Historical Society. Remarks on Jonathan White begin at 57:07 (during the lecture's Q&A portion).
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