own judgments on the highly subjective question of where to draw the lines of acceptable dissent in wartime. Deeply researched and accessibly written, this volume will immedi- ately become the standard reference for historians interested in the Union Leagues and amply realizes Taylor’s stated goal of producing a very wel- come addition to scholarship on the northern home front. Moreover, it offers general readers a compelling window into the long history of the arguments about loyalty and dissent in today’s hyperpartisan political world. Jack Furniss notes 1. Melinda Lawson, “‘A Profound National Devotion’: The Civil War Union Leagues and the Construction of a New National Patriotism,” Civil War History 48, no. 4 (December 2002): 338–62, and Adam I. P. Smith, No Party Now: Politics in the Civil War North (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006), chap. 4. 2. Stephen E. Towne, Surveillance and Spies in the Civil War: Exposing Confederate Conspiracies in America’s Heartland (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2015), and Jennifer L. Weber, Copperheads: The Rise and Fall of Lincoln’s Opponents in the North (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006). 3. Frank L. Klement, The Copperheads in the Middle West (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1960). 4. William A.
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