West Virginia University Historical Review


This work focuses on the role that Peace Democrats, also known as “Copperheads,” played in Northern dissent during the Civil War. This is done by analyzing public newspapers and journals from the time period that reveal the strategies used by the Copperheads to undermine the war effort in the North. It also compares the works of other notable historians, in particular Jennifer Weber and Mark Neely, to help determine how effective the Copperheads were in threatening Lincoln’s efforts to hold the Union together.

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