The Earnest Men: Republicans of the Civil War Senate by Allan G. BogueThe Earnest Men: Republicans of the Civil War Senate by Allan G. Bogue

The Earnest Men: Republicans of the Civil War Senate

byAllan G. Bogue

Paperback | September 3, 2009

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Taking a quantitative approach, Allan G. Bogue assesses the nature of radical and conservative Republicanism in the Civil War Senate, documents the distinctions among the senators, and clarifies the factors that encouraged or discouraged factionalism. The Earnest Men is divided into two parts: "Men, Context, and Patterns" and "The Substance of Disagreement." In Part One, Bogue investigates the backgrounds of the senators and the institutional structure of the Senate, and he examines the character of leadership exercised in the Senate chamber. He then uses roll-call analysis as a means of establishing distinctions between radical and moderate senators. To account for their voting patterns, he considers living arrangements, seating, regionalism, and election results.In Part Two, Bogue looks closely at the debates in the Senate in order to ascertain the nature of disagreements between radical and moderate Republicans in such policy-making areas as slavery, taxation, human rights, punishment and rehabilitation, and legislation affecting the border states. Taking issue with the idea that the Republicans were essentially unified on the issues of the day, he finds that their differences were widespread and important. A major study of the Senate in one of its most productive periods, The Earnest Men is a remarkable combination of systematic analysis and narrative history.

Allan G. Bogue is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Title:The Earnest Men: Republicans of the Civil War SenateFormat:PaperbackDimensions:372 pages, 9.5 × 6.25 × 0.77 inPublished:September 3, 2009Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

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"The core of this study is analysis of the roll-call voting record, but extensive context is supplied in evaluation of biographical, institutional, and ideological elements. Bogue makes explicit his belief that 'quantitative research can be most effective when combined with research in so-called literary sources.' His presentation brilliantly demonstrates that he has acted on his beliefs.... The finished work is as much a guide to important research methods and a surpassing example of scrupulous reporting as it is a penetrating analysis of a dominant concept in Civil War history." - Civil War History