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Copperheads: The Rise and Fall of Lincoln's Opponents in the North

Jennifer  Weber April 29, 2011

Jennifer Weber, author of "Copperheads: The Rise and Fall of Lincoln's Opponents in the North."

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"This is Gerry Prokopowicz, with Civil War Talk Radio,...

"...what does a nation dedicated to fighting for freedom and self-government do when some of its constituents use that freedom to oppose the government itself? It's a classic dilemma in American history and historians have argued endlessly over how far Abraham Lincoln should or should not have gone in curtailing civil liberties in order to fight what he called 'the fire in the rear,' the threat of domestic political opposition, crossing from dissent into treason. But what historians have scarcely looked at is the fire itself, the open Copperhead movement and the threat of secret anti-war societies in the North. We'll talk today with the first scholar to study the Copperheads in almost half a century, Jennifer L. Weber, today on Civil War Talk Radio."

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