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John Y. Simon, Harold Holzer, and Dawn Vogel

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823227365

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823227365.001.0001

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After Lincoln's Reelection: Foreign Complications

After Lincoln's Reelection: Foreign Complications

(p.279) CHAPTER 16 After Lincoln's Reelection: Foreign Complications
Lincoln Revisited

John Y. Simon

Harold Holzer

Dawn Vogel

Fordham University Press

Recent historians have described the bitter political divisions in the North during the summer and fall of 1864, and have persuasively challenged the earlier interpretation of the relative unimportance of Abraham Lincoln's reelection. It should be remembered that, before the dramatic Union military successes at Mobile Bay and Atlanta, Lincoln appeared destined to lose the election. Union or Republican victory in November meant the success of the party's firm war policy in contrast to the weak and vacillating approach of George B. McClellan and the Democrats. After the election, Lincoln's main concern was ending the war as soon as possible on his terms. Other issues also needed attention, including the flare-up of Indian-settler conflict in the West, the illicit trade in the South, the war debt, sensitive patronage matters, including the appointment of a new chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and, by no means the least important, foreign affairs.

Keywords:   Abraham Lincoln, reelection, George B. McClellan, Democrats, Indian–settler conflict, illicit trade, foreign affairs, war debt

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