Sunday, August 29, 2010

Democrats Claim The (Civil) War Can't Be Won - Nominate "Peace" Candiate in 1864

On August 29th, 1864, the Democrats nominate ousted Union General George McClellan. To be fair to McClellan, he didn't agree with it, but the Democratic party platform of 1864 was for ending the War Between the States.
The Democratic Party Platform presented a plan of "Compromise with the South", which became known as "The Chicago Platform". While on its surface the Chicago Platform was seductive in that it promised an immediate cessation of hostilities, and a restoration of the union. What was unsaid in the platform, but clearly implied, was that the "compromise" would be to agree to make permanent the institution of slavery in exchange for an end to the Civil War and restoration of the Union.
The general public opinion ("Vox Populi? Vox hogwash!") changed after General William Tecumseh Sherman captured Atlanta on September 2, 1864, and Lincoln's reelection was helped again on October 19, 1864 by a decisive Union victory at Shenandoah Valley.

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