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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Free Soilby Joseph G. Rayback

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    The presidential election of 1848, known as the Free Soil election, marked the emergence of antislavery sentiment as a determining political force on a national scale. In this book Joseph G. Rayback provides the first comprehensive history of the campaign and the election, documenting his analysis with contemporary letters and newspaper accounts.... 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...

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

    UPA 2009; US$ 43.99

    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...

  • Horace Greeleyby Robert C. Williams

    NYU Press 2006; US$ 22.95

    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...

  • James K. Polkby Thomas M. Leonard

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2000; US$ 31.99

    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...

  • 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 Lady and the Presidentby Charles M. Snyder

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    When the private papers of Millard Fillmore, thought to have been destroyed in 1889, were discovered they proved to include a large number of letters to Fillmore from Dorothea Dix, the renowned crusader for the humane treatment of the insane. Almost simultaneously, the letters of Fillmore to Dix, which had lain forgotten in a private collection since... 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...