“By God, the sooner he is assassinated, the better!”
So declared Senator Ben Wade of Ohio – an ultra Radical Republican — regarding Abraham Lincoln on Wednesday, April 12, 1865. Three days later, on Friday, Edwin Wilkes Booth shot the President.
Actually, the Radicals had nothing to do with the President’s murder. But since 1850, powerlust had been driving them toward taking over the federal government. But with Lincoln dead and Andrew Johnson replacing him, Radicalism had gained another opportunity to control federal policy for Reconstruction. “By all the gods,” Wade told his fellow Radicals, “there will be no trouble now in running the government.”
These and many equally shocking incidents fill the pages of Curt Anders’ Powerlust. For years he had been encountering the Radicals in book after book he read, but never anything that traced the emergence of Radicalism, detailed its malignant effects, or explained what made Radicals such as Ben Wade, Thaddeus Stevens, Charles Sumner, Edwin Stanton, and others tick.
The answer, Anders suggests, was powerlust — hence this book, which begins to fill the void in Americans’ understanding of Radicalism.
Radicalism in the Civil War Era 1850 - 1875
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