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  • 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...

  • Met His Every Goal?by Tom Chaffin

    University of Tennessee Press 2014; US$ 19.95

    Soon after winning the presidency in 1845, according to the oft-repeated anecdote, James K. Polk slapped his thigh and predicted what would be the "four great measures" of his administration: the acquisition of some or all of the Oregon Country, the acquisition of California, a reduction in tariffs, and the establishment of a permanent independent... more...

  • Stephen A. Douglasby Reg Ankrom

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2015; US$ 45.00

    When newly elected Illinois State Representative Abraham Lincoln first saw 5'4" Stephen A. Douglas, he sized him up as "the least man I ever saw." With the introduction of Douglas's first bill in 1834, Lincoln soon thought differently. The General Assembly not only passed the bill, it appointed the 21-year-old Douglas State's... more...

  • America in 1857by Kenneth M. Stampp

    Oxford University Press 1992; US$ 48.99

    "[A] splendidly lucid, elegantly crafted, and exciting narrative"-- New York Newsday . "His sweeping survey ably demonstrates how the growing tension between North and South reached 'the political point of no return'"-- Publishers Weekly . "A skillfull narrative about a pivotal year...featuring the author's usual judicious analysis"-- Kirkus Reviews... 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...

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

    Henry Holt and Co. 2010; US$ 7.39

    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...

  • Slavery, War, and a New Birth of Freedomby Jeffrey H. Hacker

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 44.95

    Slavery, War, and a New Birth of Freedom: 1840s-1877 , a new title in the six-title series History Through Literature: American Voices, American Themes, provides insights and analysis regarding the history, literature, and cultural climate of the eras of slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. It brings together informational text and primary... more...

  • American Mobbing, 1828-1861by David Grimsted

    Oxford University Press 1998; US$ 54.99

    American Mobbing, 1828-1861: Toward Civil War is a comprehensive history of mob violence related to sectional issues in antebellum America. David Grimsted argues that, though the issue of slavery provoked riots in both the North and the South, the riots produced two different reactions from authorities. In the South, riots against suspected abolitionists... more...

  • Salmon P. Chaseby John Niven

    Oxford University Press 1995; US$ 69.99

    Salmon P. Chase was one of the preeminent men of 19th-century America. A majestic figure, tall and stately, Chase was a leader in the fight to end slavery, a brilliant administrator who as Lincoln's Secretary of the Treasury provided crucial funding for a vastly expensive war, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court during the turmoil of Reconstruction,... more...