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Unformatted text preview: LPK Holt HIUS 309 January 22, 2008 The Civil War and Presidential Leadership Holt’s questions: Why did the Union win? What is the significance of the war? The North was more unified, disciplined, and modern than the South The Civil War caused a growth of power in the position of the presidency Lincoln actively usurped powers belonging to Congress and to the federal government The contrast in presidents directly affected the outcome of the war Lincoln was a much better strategist than his military leaders; brilliant definer of the Northern cause; widely popular and accepted leader that held the North together; his flexibility as accepting emancipation; masterful use of the English language (a wonderful writer) Lincoln’s contribution to the Northern win: “the great man theory” – Lincoln was not universally loved during the war; he gained popularity when he was assassinated; criticized for his western background, squeaky voice and homely appearance – but most of all, he was hated because he was such a powerful president Buchanan (D) – a particular target for contempt; poorly handled the secession crisis; a “rotten” president; prayed every night for a solution; was obsessed with what his reputation would be – wanted to leave office before war actually broke out; his administration was extremely corrupt Throughout 1860, SC threatened to secede if a Republican won the election – Lincoln won and within days SC called for a convention to...
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- Spring '08
- American Civil War, South Carolinians Buchanan, powerful president Buchanan