The Doom of Reconstruction: The Liberal Republicans in the Civil War Era by Andrew L. SlapThe Doom of Reconstruction: The Liberal Republicans in the Civil War Era by Andrew L. Slap

The Doom of Reconstruction: The Liberal Republicans in the Civil War Era

byAndrew L. Slap

Paperback | May 3, 2010

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In the Election of 1872 the conflict between President U. S. Grant and Horace Greeley has been typically understood as a battle for the soul of the ruling Republican Party. In this innovative study, Andrew Slap argues
forcefully that the campaign was more than a narrow struggle between Party elites and a class-based radical reform movement. The election, he demonstrates, had broad consequences: in their opposition to widespread Federal corruption, Greeley Republicans unintentionally doomed Reconstruction of any kind, even as they lost the election.

Based on close readings of newspapers, party documents, and other primary sources, Slap confronts one of the major questions in American political history: How, and why, did Reconstruction come to an end? His focus on the unintended consequences of Liberal Republican politics is a provocative contribution to this important debate.

Andrew L. Slap is Assistant Professor of History at East Tennessee State University.
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Title:The Doom of Reconstruction: The Liberal Republicans in the Civil War EraFormat:PaperbackDimensions:306 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.01 inPublished:May 3, 2010Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0823227103

ISBN - 13:9780823227105

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Rehearsal in Missouri for the LIberal Republican Movement, 1865-18702. The Liberal Republican Conception of Party, 1848-18723. Preserving the Republic while Defeating the Slave Power, 1848-18654. The Liberal Republican Dilemma over Reconstruction, 1865-18685. Legacies of the Civil War Threaten the Republic, 1865-18726. Grant and the Republic, 1868-18727. The National Phase of the Liberal Republican Movement, 1870-18728. The Experience of a Third Party in the Nineteenth Century9. The Lasting Effect of 1872 Campaign Rhetoric10. The Liberal Republicans Try Again, 1872-1876ConclusionNotesBibliographyIndex

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Slap offers an engaging and well-researched narrative that differentiates between the prolonged evolution, development, and political machinations of the liberary republican movement and the Liberal Republican Party.