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  • Salmon P. Chaseby John Niven

    Oxford University Press 1995; US$ 69.99

    A biography of Salmon P. Chase, one of the principal political figures in the American Civil War period. A rival to Abraham Lincoln for the Republican Presidential nomination in 1860, he subsequently became Secretary of the Treasury in Lincoln's war-time cabinet. more...

  • The Nebraska-Kansas Act of 1854by John R. Wunder; Joann M. Ross

    University of Nebraska Press 2008; US$ 30.00

    The Nebraska-Kansas Act of 1854 turns upside down the traditional way of thinking about one of the most important laws ever passed in American history. The act that created Nebraska and Kansas also, in effect, abolished the Missouri Compromise, which had prohibited slavery in the region since 1820. This bow to local control outraged the nation and... more...

  • A People at Warby Scott Reynolds Nelson; Carol Sheriff

    Oxford University Press, USA 2007; US$ 22.99

    Introduction: A People at War. FROM COMPROMISE TO CHAOS: 1854-1861. 1. The Road to Bleeding Kansas. 2. From Wigwam to War. THE CHANGING FACES OF WAR: 1861-1863. 3. Friends and Foes: Early Recruits and Freedom's Cause, 1861-1862. 4. Union Occupation and Guerilla Warfare. 5. Facing Death. POLITICAL, MILITARY, AND DILPOMATIC REMEDIES: 1862-1865. 6.... more...

  • A Country of Vast Designsby Robert W. Merry

    Simon & Schuster 2009; US$ 18.00

    ROBERT MERRY?S BRILLIANT AND HIGHLY ACCLAIMED HISTORY OF A CRUCIAL EPOCH IN U.S. HISTORY. In a one-term presidency, James K. Polk completed the story of America?s Manifest Destiny?extending its territory across the continent by threatening England with war and manufacturing a controversial and unpopular two-year war with Mexico. more...

  • At the Edge of the Precipiceby Robert V. Remini

    Basic Books 2010; US$ 15.99

    A National Book Award-winning historian narrates Henry Clay?s heroic brokering of a bipartisan compromise that saved the nation more...

  • Horace Greeley and the Politics of Reform in Nineteenth-Century Americaby Mitchell Snay

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2011; US$ 34.99

    Snay's new biography places Horace Greeley (1811?1872) in his historical context. As a newspaper editor, politician, and reformer, Greeley was involved with the major events and trends of the era. He was the influential editor of the New York Tribune from 1841 until his death and was instrumental in the rise of the Whig and Republican parties. more...

  • William Lowndes Yancey and the Coming of the Civil Warby Eric H. Walther

    The University of North Carolina Press 2006; US$ 40.00

    IWilliam Lowndes Yancey (1814-63) was one of the leading secessionists of the Old South. In this first comprehensive biography, Eric H. Walther examines the personality and political life of the uncompromising fire-eater. Born in Georgia but raised in the North by a fiercely abolitionist stepfather and an emotionally unstable mother, Yancey grew... more...

  • Boundaries of American Political Culture in the Civil War Eraby Mark E. Neely

    The University of North Carolina Press 2005; US$ 20.00

    Did preoccupations with family and work crowd out interest in politics in the nineteenth century, as some have argued? Arguing that social historians have gone too far in concluding that Americans were not deeply engaged in public life and that political historians have gone too far in asserting that politics informed all of Americans' lives, Mark... more...

  • Standing Firmly by the Flagby James E. Potter

    UNP - Bison Original 2013; US$ 29.95

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  • James F. Jaquessby Patricia B. Burnette

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

    Tall, handsome and charismatic, James Jaquess impressed men and charmed ladies who knew him as a preacher, a college president or colonel of an Illinois regiment. In 1864 he and James Gilmore talked to Jefferson Davis about terms of peace. Lincoln recognized his many abilities and invited Jaquess to serve as one of his personal agents. But after the... more...