By Russell McClintock
While Abraham Lincoln's election in 1860 caused a number of Southern states to secede, the North was once sharply divided over how one can reply. during this groundbreaking and hugely praised publication, McClintock follows the decision-making procedure from sour partisan rancor to consensus. From small cities to special towns and from nation capitals to Washington, D.C., McClintock highlights members either strong and vague to illustrate the methods traditional voters, occasion activists, country officers, and nationwide leaders interacted to steer the Northern reaction to what used to be primarily a political trouble. He argues that even if Northerners' reactions to Southern secession have been understood and expressed via partisan newspapers and officers, the choice fell into the fingers of an ever-smaller staff of individuals until eventually eventually it used to be Lincoln by myself who would select no matter if the way forward for the yankee republic used to be to be made up our minds via peace or via sword.