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Ill Literacy, Episode VI: Congress at War (Guest: Fergus M. Bordewich)

August 17, 2020

In Episode VI of the Ill Literacy podcast, Heartland’s Tim Benson talks with Fergus M. Bordewich about his book, Congress at War: How Republican Reformers Fought the Civil War, Defied Lincoln, Ended Slavery, and Remade America.

Heartland’s Tim Benson is joined by Fergus M. Bordewich to discuss his book, Congress at War: How Republican Reformers Fought the Civil War, Defied Lincoln, Ended Slavery, and Remade America. They talk about the productivity of the 37th and 38th Congresses, two of the most impactful in American history, which were being steered by a Republican Party still in its infancy. They also chat how members of Congress like Thaddeus Stevens, Ben Wade, and William Pitt Fessenden clashed with Abraham Lincoln over war policy, and how others like Clement Vallandigham possibly crossed the line into treasonous conduct.

Make sure you check out his website at: http://www.fergusbordewich.com/

 

The American Spectator: President Lincoln’s War With Republicans

https://spectator.org/president-lincolns-war-with-republicans/

The Atlantic: Abraham Lincoln’s Radical Moderation

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/03/abraham-lincolns-radical-moderation/605551/

Commonwealth Club of California: Fergus Bordewich: Congress at War

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNLi82vUuX0

C-SPAN: Congress at War

https://www.c-span.org/video/?469257-1/congress-war

Library of Congress: Fergus Bordewich on Congress at War

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yO7qVZbYgSI

The New Yorker: Did Lincoln Really Matter?

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/02/10/did-lincoln-really-matter

The Wall Street Journal: ‘Congress at War’ and ‘When It Was Grand’ Review: The Great Emancipators

https://www.wsj.com/articles/congress-at-war-and-when-it-was-grand-review-the-great-emancipators-11581694320

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Constitutional Reform
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Tim Benson joined The Heartland Institute in September 2015 as a policy analyst in the Government Relations Department.
TBenson@heartland.org @BenceAthwart