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Revolution to the Civil War, 1775/1783-1861

  • Evil Necessityby Harold D. Tallant

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 30.00

    In Kentucky, the slavery debate raged for thirty years before the Civil War began. While whites in the lower South argued that slavery was good for master and slave, many white Kentuckians maintained that because of racial prejudice, public safety, and property rights, slavery was necessary but undeniably evil. Harold D. Tallant shows how this view... more...

  • The Abolitionists and the South, 1831-1861by Stanley Harrold

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 30.00

    Within the American antislavery movement, abolitionists were distinct from others in the movement in advocating, on the basis of moral principle, the immediate emancipation of slaves and equal rights for black people. Instead of focusing on the "immediatists" as products of northern culture, as many previous historians have done, Stanley Harrold examines... more...

  • Franklin on Franklinby Paul M. Zall

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 25.00

    Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography ends in 1758, some thirty years before he died. Those three decades included some of the statesman's greatest triumphs, yet instead of including them in his memoir, Franklin spent the years continually revising his original text. Paul Zall has created a new autobiographical account of Franklin's entire life. By... more...

  • The Rise of Aggressive Abolitionismby Stanley Harrold

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 40.00

    The American conflict over slavery reached a turning point in the early 1840s when three leading abolitionists presented provocative speeches that, for the first time, addressed the slaves directly rather than aiming rebukes at white owners. By forthrightly embracing the slaves as allies and exhorting them to take action, these three addresses pointed... 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...

  • The Papers of Henry Clayby Henry Clay; Melba Porter Hay

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    This supplement to The Papers of Henry Clay contains documents discovered too late to be included in the proper chronological sequence in earlier volumes. Spanning the years from 1793 to 1852, the items shed important light on Clay's early years in Kentucky, his legal career, and his work for the Bank of the United States. Material dealing with the... more...

  • The Papers of Henry Clayby Henry Clay; James F. Hopkins

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    Henry Clay's career spanned a half century of a great formative period in American history. This compilation of ten volumes includes Clay's letters, letters to Clay, his speeches, and other documents identified as his personal composition. more...

  • The Papers of Henry Clayby Henry Clay; James F. Hopkins; Mary W. M. Hargreaves

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    In volume 5 of The Papers of Henry Clay , the second of the series to cover Clay's role as Secretary of State, problems arising from domestic political pressures become significant in the conduct of national affairs both at home and abroad. With the president absent from Washington one-third of the year, Clay's burden and his personal role in the... more...

  • The Price of Freedomby T. Stephen Whitman

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    A stereotypical image of manumission is that of a benign plantation owner freeing his slaves on his deathbed. But as Stephen Whitman demonstrates, the truth was far more complex, especially in border states where manumission was much more common. Whitman analyzes the economic and social history of Baltimore to show how the vigorous growth of the... more...

  • New Perspectives on Race and Slavery in Americaby Robert H. Abzug; Stephen E. Maizlish

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    For more than three decades race relations have been at the forefront of historical research in America. These new essays on race and slavery -- some by highly regarded, award-winning veterans in the field and others by talented newcomers -- point in fresh directions. They address specific areas of contention even as together they survey important... more...