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  • At the Precipiceby Shearer Davis Bowman

    The University of North Carolina Press 2010; US$ 30.00

    Why did eleven slave states secede from the Union in 1860-61? Why did the eighteen free states loyal to the Union deny the legitimacy of secession, and take concrete steps after Fort Sumter to subdue what President Abraham Lincoln deemed treasonous rebellion? At the Precipice seeks to answer these and related questions by focusing on the different... more...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • William Henry Seward and the Secession Crisisby Lawrence M. Denton

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2009; US$ 29.95

    While Abraham Lincoln was taking center stage in a divided country, a political rival-turned-ally was exerting a major influence on national affairs. William Henry Seward, U.S. senator and former New York governor, lost the Republican Party nomination but aided Lincoln by touring the country on behalf of the Republican ticket. As Southern states prepared... more...

  • Millard Fillmoreby Paul Finkelman; Jr. Arthur M. Schlesinger; Sean Wilentz

    Henry Holt and Co. 2011; US$ 25.99

    The oddly named president whose shortsightedness and stubbornness fractured the nation and sowed the seeds of civil war In the summer of 1850, America was at a terrible crossroads. Congress was in an uproar over slavery, and it was not clear if a compromise could be found. In the midst of the debate, President Zachary Taylor suddenly took ill and... more...

  • Memoirs of My Life and Timesby John Charles Fremont

    Cooper Square Press 2001; US$ 26.99

    Civil War general Fremont recounts his early years, when he explored the American West from 1828 to 1846 with Kit Carson. more...

  • Race and U.S. Foreign Policy in the Ages of Territorial and Market Expansion, 1840-1900by E. Nathaniel Gates

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 175.00

    First Published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company. more...

  • American Mobbing, 1828-1861by David Grimsted

    Oxford University Press 1998; US$ 49.99

    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...

  • 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...