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  • James K. Polkby Thomas M. Leonard

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2000; US$ 28.99

    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$ 28.99

    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...

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

    University Press of America 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...

  • A Secession Crisis Enigmaby Daniel W. Crofts

    LSU Press 2010; US$ 24.95

    ?The Diary of a Public Man,? published anonymously in several installments in the North American Review in 1879, claimed to offer verbatim accounts of secret conversations with Abraham Lincoln, William H. Seward, and Stephen A. Douglas?among others?in the desperate weeks just before the start of the Civil War. Despite repeated attempts to decipher... more...

  • At the Precipiceby Shearer Davis Bowman

    The University of North Carolina Press 2010; US$ 29.99

    At the Precipice: Americans North and South during the Secession Crisis more...

  • Franklin Pierceby Michael F. Holt; Jr. Arthur M. Schlesinger; Sean Wilentz

    Henry Holt and Co. 2010; US$ 25.99

    The genial but troubled New Englander whose single-minded partisan loyalties inflamed the nation's simmering battle over slavery Charming and handsome, Franklin Pierce of New Hampshire was drafted to break the deadlock of the 1852 Democratic convention. Though he seized the White House in a landslide against the imploding Whig Party, he proved... more...

  • 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...