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The Doom of ReconstructionThe Liberal Republicans in the Civil War Era$
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Andrew L. Slap

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823227099

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823227099.001.0001

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The National Phase of the Liberal Republican Movement, 1870–1872

The National Phase of the Liberal Republican Movement, 1870–1872

(p.126) 7 The National Phase of the Liberal Republican Movement, 1870–1872
The Doom of Reconstruction

Andrew L. Slap

Fordham University Press

The liberal republicans saw the Cincinnati Convention as the ultimate means to gain control of the Republican Party. However, the proceedings of the Liberal Republican Convention in Cincinnati upset the original liberal republicans. The reason for the liberal republicans' pain was the unexpected nomination of Horace Greeley as the new party's presidential candidate. They tried to determine how Greeley had been nominated in place of their preferred candidates, Charles Francis Adams and Lyman Trumbull. The liberal republicans lost control of their movement at the Cincinnati Convention. Though many were experienced politicians, the liberal republicans repeatedly made political miscalculations: counting on candidates hesitant to work for the nomination, continually compromising with Greeley, and mismanaging the balloting. The discussion argues that they lost control at the convention because the liberal republicans, despite their experience, were poor politicians.

Keywords:   Cincinnati Convention, Horace Greeley, Charles Francis Adams, Lyman Trumbull, nomination

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