Tag Archives: Republican Party
Recruiting Poster for the Excelsior Brigade (Civil War Treasures from the New York Historical Society)

‘The Fight Was for the Union, Not for the Abolition of Slavery’

A previous post began to examine the fractious relationship between the Irish-American and African-American communities during the Civil War era. The majority of Irish were supporters of the Democratic Party, and many retained strong views in later years about why the war was fought. The pre-eminence of the preservation of the Union as a motivator for Northern […]

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Democratic Party Poster for the 1864 election supporting McClellan and Pendleton (Image via Wikipedia)

McClellan or Lincoln? An Irish-American View of the 1864 Presidential Election

Today citizens of the United States go to the polls to elect their President. In that context it is interesting to look back at the key 1864 Presidential election, when the fundamental future direction of the country was at stake. Republican incumbent President Abraham Lincoln was being challenged by Democratic candidate George McClellan, and for a long […]

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