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 Posted: Thu Jan 5th, 2012 09:25 pm
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You bring up an interesting point with respect to the legislative bodies, Mildman. Lincoln certainly benefited from a two party system in the North. People opposed to the administration could still be counted as "loyal opposition" whereas Davis's detractors had no recourse but to stymie the war effort through desertion, withholding specie and other resources, and generally ignoring Confederate legislation. I think Lincoln's personality was better suited than Davis's for the one-party system of the South--Lincoln was more of a consensus builder. Yet, Davis was a moderate on secession, and almost certainly would have been more effective in a two-party system. Thanks for the response Mildman.

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