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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 arguesforcefully 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.

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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xxvi
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  1. 1. Rehearsal in Missouri for the Liberal Republican Movement, 1865–1870
  2. pp. 1-24
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  1. 2. The Liberal Republican Conception of Party,1848–1872
  2. pp. 25-50
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  1. 3. Preserving the Republic while Defeating the Slave Power, 1848–1865
  2. pp. 51-72
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  1. 4. The Liberal Republican Dilemma over Reconstruction, 1865–1868
  2. pp. 73-89
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  1. 5. Legacies of the Civil War Threaten the Republic,1865–1872
  2. pp. 90-107
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  1. 6. Grant and the Republic,1868–1872
  2. pp. 108-125
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  1. 7. The National Phase of the Liberal Republican Movement, 1870–1872
  2. pp. 126-163
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  1. 8. The Experience of a Third Party in the Nineteenth Century
  2. pp. 164-198
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  1. 9. The Lasting Effect of 1872 Campaign Rhetoric
  2. pp. 199-221
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  1. 10. The Liberal Republicans Try Again, 1872–1876
  2. pp. 222-237
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 238-240
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 241-278
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 279-294
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 295-306
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  1. Further Reading
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780823247738
Related ISBN
9780823227099
MARC Record
OCLC
647932088
Pages
306
Launched on MUSE
2012-08-07
Language
English
Open Access
No
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