1. Even though President Lincoln said slavery was unjust, in the earliest days of the war he told the Southern states that he wouldn’t interfere with slavery as an institution. “He believed that with … leaving slavery alone, that he could convince the Southern majority — Southern moderates — to come back,” says Wesleyan professor and historian Richard Slotkin. “It took a year of conflict for him to realize that Southerners were really committed to the Confederacy.”
(via 'Antietam' Dissects Strategies Of North And South, Fresh Air interview with Richard Slotkin)

    Even though President Lincoln said slavery was unjust, in the earliest days of the war he told the Southern states that he wouldn’t interfere with slavery as an institution. “He believed that with … leaving slavery alone, that he could convince the Southern majority — Southern moderates — to come back,” says Wesleyan professor and historian Richard Slotkin. “It took a year of conflict for him to realize that Southerners were really committed to the Confederacy.”

    (via 'Antietam' Dissects Strategies Of North And South, Fresh Air interview with Richard Slotkin)

  2. Richard Slotkin

    Fresh Air

  1. General George McClellan really does see himself as the indispensable man. His resentments of Lincoln are phenomenal.  He refers to him as ‘the original gorilla,’ ‘a well-meaning baboon,’ a traitor or the tool of traitors.


    — Richard Slotkin on General George 
    McClellan and what he thought of his commander-in-chief, President Abraham Lincoln

  2. Richard Slotkin

    Civil War