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  • Millard Fillmoreby Paul Finkelman; Jr. Arthur M. Schlesinger; Sean Wilentz

    Henry Holt and Co. 2011; US$ 25.99

    The oddly named president whose shortsightedness and stubbornness fractured the nation and sowed the seeds of civil war In the summer of 1850, America was at a terrible crossroads. Congress was in an uproar over slavery, and it was not clear if a compromise could be found. In the midst of the debate, President Zachary Taylor suddenly took ill and... more...

  • Civil War Senatorby Robert J. Cook

    LSU Press 2011; US$ 24.95

    One of the most talented and influential American politicians of the nineteenth century, William Pitt Fessenden (1806-1869) helped devise Union grand strategy during the Civil War. A native of Maine and son of a fiery New England abolitionist, he served in the United States Senate as a member of the Whig Party during the Kansas-Nebraska crisis and... more...

  • Slavery in the Upper Mississippi Valley, 1787-1865by Christopher P. Lehman

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2011; US$ 45.00

    Ordinance in 1787 banned African American slavery in the Upper Mississippi River Valley, making the new territory officially "free," slavery in fact persisted in the region through the end of the Civil War. Slaves accompanied presidential appointees serving as soldiers or federal officials in the Upper Mississippi, worked in federally supported... more...

  • Robert Toombsby Mark Scroggins

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2011; US$ 40.00

    Robert Toombs of Georgia stands as one of the most fiery and influential politicians of the nineteenth century. Sarcastic, charming, egotistical, and gracious, he rose quickly from state office to congressman to senator in the decades before the Civil War. Though he sought sectional reconciliation throughout the 1840s and 1850s, he eventually became... more...

  • Horace Greeleyby Robert C. Williams

    NYU Press 2006; US$ 45.00

    From his arrival in New York City in 1831 as a young printer from New Hampshire to his death in 1872 after losing the presidential election to General Ulysses S. Grant, Horace Greeley (b. 1811) was a quintessential New Yorker. He thrived on the city’s ceaseless energy, with his New York Tribune at the forefront of a national revolution in reporting... more...

  • Henry Adams in the Secession Crisisby Mark J. Stegmaier

    LSU Press 2012; US$ 32.50

    During the Secession Winter session of Congress, twenty-two-year-old Henry Adams worked as private secretary to his father, Representative Charles Francis Adams. Henry wrote four accounts of these crucial months in Washington?an essay, letters to his brother, a segment in his famous autobiography, and twenty-one unsigned letters that Adams composed... more...

  • James Madison Hoodby George C. Kingston

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2013; US$ 38.00

    Captain James Madison Hood was the real U.S. Consul in the novel Anna and the King of Siam, but before his arrival in Bangkok, he was also a merchant ship captain, builder of clipper ships, legislator in both Massachusetts and Illinois, industrialist, and land speculator. He was present at the birth of the Republican Party. As U.S. Consul, he presided... more...

  • The Messageby Richard Wolffe

    Grand Central Publishing 2013; US$ 12.99

    They had 99 problems but Mitt Romney wasn't one. At the start of an epic election, the team trying to reelect President Obama faced a mountain of challenges: a dismal economy, the faded hopes of the first campaign, and a struggle to raise enough cash to compete. No president had risen so fast, or fallen so far, in the modern era. And no president... more...

  • A Good Southernerby Craig M. Simpson

    The University of North Carolina Press 1985; US$ 29.99

    Good Southerner: The Life of Henry A. Wise of Virginia more...

  • Congress and the Crisis of the 1850sby Paul Finkelman; Donald R. Kennon

    Ohio University Press 2011; US$ 39.99

    During the long decade from 1848 to 1861 America was like a train speeding down the track, without an engineer or brakes. The new territories acquired from Mexico had vastly increased the size of the nation, but debate over their status?and more importantly the status of slavery within them?paralyzed the nation. Southerners gained access to the territories... more...