Lincoln did not simply view the Civil War as a struggle to keep the country together. He, and many unionists, believed that the United States was the keeper and bearer of democracy and popular government. Shelby Foote's Civil War: A Narrative, Vol. 1 (p. 68) put it far more eloquently than I ever could:
For Lincoln... this was a Second American revolut...
This provides an interesting extension to the discussion of Paul Finkelman's Slavery and the Founders and Adam Rothman's Slave Country, both of which discuss Jefferson's precarious position as an opponent to slavery as a long-term institution, but also as a slaveholder and a reluctant supporter o...(more)
This question is inspired by today's class discussion about the breakdown of comity between the states in the decades leading up to the Civil War. Finkelman highlights severaly legal conflicts in this breakdown of comity, but the conflicts were almost exclusively seen in state courts. He only bri...(more)