copperheadism


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copperheadism

any expression of sympathy for the Confederate cause in the American Civil War. — copperhead, n.
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(276.) Copperheadism, PLAIN DEALER (Cleveland), June 13, 1917, at
Alarmed by the loss of their land base in the wake of the 1855 Treaty of Detroit and anxious to avoid charges of "Copperheadism" or of being associated with the 1862 Dakota Wars in Minnesota, the men of Company K fought, and many of them died, under Union colors.
But the "sound and fury" over emancipation and migration that we tend to label as mid-western Copperheadism was not just a discursive political device to use against the Lincoln administration, as some scholars have suggested.
(139) Some Democrats hoped, with the antislavery activist Chase as its standard bearer, "the party could advertise itself as purged of Copperheadism, a reformed and penitent new party." (140) But "Chase and his supporters failed adequately to gauge the passion with which unregenerate Democrats viewed his antislavery past, wartime record, role in the Johnson impeachment, and postwar rulings on the legal status of emancipated blacks like Elizabeth Turner." (141) At the same time, his impartial conduct while presiding over Johnson's impeachment trial in the Senate in 1867 alienated him from some of his former radical Republican allies.