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

Andrew L. Slap


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. This book argues forcefully that the campaign was more than a narrow struggle between Party elites and a class-based radical reform movement. The election, it 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 o ... More

Keywords: 1872 election, President Grant, Horace Greeley, Republican Party, reform movement, reconstruction, liberal republican politics, American political history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780823227099
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011 DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823227099.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew L. Slap, author
Department of History, East Tennessee State University