William Henry Seward and the Secession Crisis: The Effort to Prevent Civil War

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McFarland, Sep 12, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 227 pages
While Abraham Lincoln was taking center stage in a divided country, a political rival-turned-ally was exerting a major influence on national affairs. William Henry Seward, U.S. senator and former New York governor, lost the Republican Party nomination but aided Lincoln by touring the country on behalf of the Republican ticket. As Southern states prepared to withdraw from the Union, Secretary of State Seward sought to reunite the country. This biography explores Seward's political power and the theory that, as president, he might have prevented the Civil War.
 

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Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
1
Introduction
5
1 Luck of the Draw
11
2 To Be President
28
3 Henry Takes Charge
60
4 FebruaryUnion Light Shine Bright
88
5 March Madness
112
6 The Point of No Return
140
Epilogue
168
Appendix
201
Chapter Notes
203
Bibliography
213
Index
217
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Lawrence M. Denton of Easton, Maryland, is an author and lecturer on the secession crisis in Maryland. A former academic administrator at Johns Hopkins University and a presidential appointee of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, he also helped produce the television series Forecast Earth.

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