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Congress at War: a book talk with Fergus M. Bordewich

Recorded on August 10, 2020 - Fergus M. Bordewich's book Congress at War: How Republican Reformers Fought the Civil War, Defied Lincoln, Ended Slavery, and Remade America explores the story of how Congress helped win the Civil War—a new perspective that puts the House and Senate, rather than Lincoln, at the center of the conflict. This new perspective on the Civil War overturns the popular conception that Abraham Lincoln single-handedly led the Union to victory and gives us a vivid account of the essential role Congress played in winning the war, including Maine's own William Pitt Fessenden.

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