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  • 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...

  • Henry Wilson and the Era of Reconstructionby John L. Myers

    UPA 2009; US$ 46.99

    Already a leader of the Republican party when the Civil War began, Henry Wilson had distinguished himself as the most important Congressional figure on military and antislavery and pro-black legislation during the war. more...

  • James K. Polkby Thomas M. Leonard

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2000; US$ 34.99

    When he was elected President in 1845, James K. Polk was only 49 years old-at that time the youngest president ever to be elected. He faced a conflicted nation on the verge of tremendous territorial expansion. James K. Polk's four years in office marked the greatest period of territorial acquisition in the history of the country-what New York journalist... more...

  • The Shattering of the Unionby Eric H. Walther

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2003; US$ 35.99

    The 1850s offered the last remotely feasible chance for the United States to steer clear of Civil War. Yet fundamental differences between North and South about slavery and the meaning of freedom caused political conflicts to erupt again and again throughout the decade as the country lurched toward secession and war. The Shattering of the Union is... 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...

  • The Causes of the Civil Warby Paul Calore

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2008; US$ 29.95

    While South Carolina's preemptive strike on Fort Sumter and Lincoln's subsequent call to arms started the Civil War, South Carolina's secession and Lincoln's military actions were simply the last in a chain of events stretching as far back as the early 1750s. Increasing moral conflicts and political debates over slavery--exacerbated... more...

  • Cassius Marcellus Clayby H. Edward Richardson

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 19.95

    The most colorful member of Kentucky's most illustrious family, Cassius Marcellus Clay is a legendary figure in the Bluegrass. This lively biography records both the traditions surrounding Clay and the historical facts of his life, which are themselves the stuff of legend. Although Clay was a dedicated emancipationist, his real interest lay in broad... more...

  • Prologue to Conflictby Holman Hamilton

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 25.00

    The crisis facing the United States in 1850 was a dramatic prologue to the conflict that came a decade later. The rapid opening of western lands demanded the speedy establishment of local civil administration for these vast regions. Outraged partisans, however, cried of coercion: Southerners saw a threat to the precarious sectional balance, and Northerners... more...

  • Breckinridgeby William C. Davis

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 19.95

    John C. Breckinridge rose to prominence during one of the most turbulent times in our nation's history. Widely respected, even by his enemies, for his dedication to moderate liberalism, Breckinridge's charisma and integrity led to his election as Vice President at age 35, the youngest ever in America's history. After a decade of being out-of-print,... more...

  • The Limits of Dissentby Frank L. Klement

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    Every American war has brought conflict over the extent to which national security will permit protesters to exercise their constitutional guarantee of freedom of expression. The most famous case was that of Clement L. Vallandigham, the passionate critic of Lincoln's Civil War policies and one of the most controversial figure in the nation's history.... more...