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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • The Causes of the Civil Warby Paul Calore

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2008; US$ 29.95

    While South Carolina's preemptive strike on Fort Sumter and Lincoln's subsequent call to arms started the Civil War, South Carolina's secession and Lincoln's military actions were simply the last in a chain of events stretching as far back as the early 1750s. Increasing moral conflicts and political debates over slavery--exacerbated... 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...

  • Congress and the Crisis of the 1850sby Paul Finkelman; Donald R. Kennon

    Ohio University Press 2011; US$ 39.99

    During the long decade from 1848 to 1861 America was like a train speeding down the track, without an engineer or brakes. The new territories acquired from Mexico had vastly increased the size of the nation, but debate over their status?and more importantly the status of slavery within them?paralyzed the nation. Southerners gained access to the territories... more...

  • A Country of Vast Designsby Robert W. Merry

    Simon & Schuster 2009; US$ 19.00

    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...

  • 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...

  • 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...