Civil War Policy and Politics
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Originally published in 1978, David A. Nichols’s Lincoln and the Indians remains the only thorough treatment of a neglected aspect of Lincoln’s presidency. Placing Indian affairs in the broad context of Civil War politics and the settling of the West, Nichols explores the reasons the president considered them so important in the midst of a bloody civil conflict. For him, they were enmeshed in a web of military, political, financial, and social issues directly related to the war and its successful prosecution.
Focusing on the actions of Lincoln and his subordinates rather than the Indians themselves, Nichols covers the Administration’s handling of the Sioux War of 1862 in Minnesota, the forced removal of the Navahos from their homeland to the deadly concentration camp at Bosque Redondo, and the massacre of Cheyennes by volunteer troops at Sand Creek. He also examines Lincoln’s inept handling of the Five Civilized Tribes in Indian Territory and the corrupt “Indian System” of government aid that mainly benefitted ambitious whites.
Featuring a new preface by the author, this important volume fills in a crucial gap in the vast body of literature on Abraham Lincoln.
Softcover Book : 256 pages
Publisher: Do Not Use ( June 01, 2012 )
Item #: 13-651105
Product Dimensions: 6.0 x 9.0 x 0.64inches
Product Weight: 10.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)