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The Heartland Institute’s Tim Benson is joined by Fergus M. Bordewich to discuss his book, Congress at War: How Republican Reformers Fought the Civil War, Defied Lincoln, Ended Slavery, and Remade America.
They talk about the productivity of the 37th and 38th Congresses, two of the most impactful in American history, which were being steered by a Republican Party still in its infancy. They also chat how members of Congress like Thaddeus Stevens, Ben Wade, and William Pitt Fessenden clashed with Abraham Lincoln over war policy, and how others like Clement Vallandigham possibly crossed the line into treasonous conduct.
Make sure you check out his website at: www.fergusbordewich.com/
The American Spectator: President Lincoln’s War With Republicans
The Atlantic: Abraham Lincoln’s Radical Moderation
Commonwealth Club of California: Fergus Bordewich: Congress at War
C-SPAN: Congress at War
Library of Congress: Fergus Bordewich on Congress at War
The New Yorker: Did Lincoln Really Matter?
The Wall Street Journal: ‘Congress at War’ and ‘When It Was Grand’ Review: The Great Emancipators