A majority of Peace Democrats supported war ..., but a strong and active minority asserted that the Republicans had (started the war on purpose); that the Republicans were waging the war in order to establish their own domination, suppress civil ... rights, and impose (their radical philosophy); and that military means had failed and would never (succeed in its aims).The above concerns the
As was true of the Democratic party as a whole, the influence of Peace Democrats varied with the fortunes of war. When things were going badly .... on the battlefield, larger numbers of people were willing to entertain the notion of making peace with the (enemy). When things were going well, Peace Democrats could more easily be dismissed as defeatists. But no matter how the war progressed, Peace Democrats constantly had to defend themselves against charges of disloyalty.
At the Democratic convention ..., where the influence of Peace Democrats reached its high point, ... the party ... adopt(ed) a platform branding the war a failure, ....
With the conclusion of the war ... the Peace Democrats were thoroughly discredited. Most ... believed, not without reason, that Peace Democrats had prolonged war by encouraging the (enemy) to continue fighting in the hope that (the USA) would abandon the struggle.
What do we call these modern day Copperheads? Is there another snake that works for backstabbing and national self-hate? I don't know. Maybe we can call them something from a completely different part of the animal kingdom;
After my latest reading of some of the Greek Classics (unrelated to this post) I am more and more convinced that history, in its trends, and people, with their personalities, really never change. History repeats itself. I have already seen the connection between