For peace and union: Public opinion and antiwar sentiment in the Civil War North
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AbstractDespite the beliefs of modern Americans, the people of the North did not unanimously support the Civil War. Instead, peace demonstrations and draft dodgers abounded, threatening to undermine public morale. The war confronted the people with a choice between peace and Union. When the war appeared to fail in its objective of restoring the Union the people more readily accepted the idea of a negotiated settlement, but victory restored morale and encouraged them to continue the fight. Ultimately, sentiment for Union overcame the desire for peace, so the North remained committed until it defeated the rebellion.
Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 37-06, page: 1686.
Adviser: Stephen Engle.
Thesis (M.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, 1999.