War Democrat

War Democrat

▪ American political faction
      in the history of the United States, any of the Northern Democrats who supported the continued prosecution of the American Civil War.

      The great majority of Northern Democrats stayed loyal to the Union after the South seceded. So-called Peace Democrats (Copperhead) (or “Copperheads” in pejorative Unionist terminology) opposed the war and advocated a negotiated peace with concessions to the South so that it would rejoin the Union.

      War Democrats, while supporting the war, objected to Republican economic policies and to President Abraham Lincoln's (Lincoln, Abraham) abrogation of civil rights. During the 1864 presidential election, they joined with Republicans in forming the Union Party, which renominated Lincoln for president and selected War Democrat Andrew Johnson (Johnson, Andrew) of Tennessee as Lincoln's running mate.

      Peace Democrats formulated a platform calling for an immediate cessation of hostilities, a position that the party's presidential nominee, General George B. McClellan, repudiated.

* * *

Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • War Democrat — noun a member of the Democratic Party of the United States of America who supported the prosecution of the American Civil War …   Wiktionary

  • war democrat — noun Usage: usually capitalized W&D : a member of the Democratic party in the border or northern states of the United States who favored the prosecution of the Civil War …   Useful english dictionary

  • Democrat Party (phrase) — Democrat Party is a political epithet used in the United States instead of Democratic Party when talking about the Democratic Party.[1] The term has been used in negative or hostile fashion by conservative commentators and members of the… …   Wikipedia

  • Democrat Party (Thailand) — Democrat Party พรรคประชาธิปัตย์ Phak Prachathipat Leader Abhisit Vejjajiva Secretary Ge …   Wikipedia

  • War Democrats — were those who broke with the majority of the Democratic Party and supported the military policies of President Abraham Lincoln during the American Civil War of 1861–1865. In the 1864 presidential election, War Democrats and the Republicans… …   Wikipedia

  • Democrat In Name Only — DINO redirects here. For other uses, see Dino. Democrat In Name Only, or DINO in acronym form, is a disparaging term for a member of the United States Democratic Party. A DINO is considered to be more conservative (fiscally and/or socially) than… …   Wikipedia

  • Democrat Party (Turkey, historical) — Republic of Turkey This article is part of the series: Politics and government of the Republic of Turkey …   Wikipedia

  • War hysteria preceding the Mountain Meadows massacre — The Mountain Meadows massacre was caused in part by events relating to the Utah War, an 1858 invasion of the Utah Territory by the United States Army which ended up being peaceful. In the summer of 1857, however, Mormons expected an all out… …   Wikipedia

  • War Room (Wally Hedrick) — The War Room (1967/68 2002), by Wally Hedrick (1928 2003), consists of eight canvases approximately 5. 5’ wide and 11’ tall, all painted a deep black. Hedrick referred to these canvases as “wounded veterans.” These canvases are bolted together to …   Wikipedia

  • Union (American Civil War) — Map of the division of the states during the Civil War. Blue represents Union states, including those admitted during the war; light blue represents Union states which permitted slavery (border states); red represents Confederate states. White or …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.