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  • Proud Kentuckianby Frank H. Heck

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 28.00

    In his brief life John C. Breckinridge embraced the roles of lawyer, politician, statesman, soldier, exile, and businessman. An imposing and tactful man, he was exceptional for evoking both loyal devotion from his followers and generous respect from his opponents during a strife-torn era. Breckinridge's meteoric rise to national prominence began... 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Cassius Marcellus Clayby H. Edward Richardson

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 19.95

    The most colorful member of Kentucky's most illustrious family, Cassius Marcellus Clay is a legendary figure in the Bluegrass. This lively biography records both the traditions surrounding Clay and the historical facts of his life, which are themselves the stuff of legend. Although Clay was a dedicated emancipationist, his real interest lay in broad... more...

  • 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...

  • Met His Every Goal?by Tom Chaffin

    University of Tennessee Press 2015; 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...

  • 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 Queenby John Oller

    Da Capo Press 2014; US$ 25.99

    In this beautifully written and meticulously researched biography, John Oller captures the tumultuous, passionate, and ultimately tragic life of Kate Chase Sprague , Mary Lincoln's ambitious rival. more...