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Road to Disunion Secessionists Triumphant, 1854-1861

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ISBN-10: 019537018X

ISBN-13: 9780195370188

Edition: 2008

Authors: William W. Freehling

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Here is history in the grand manner, a powerful narrative peopled with dozens of memorable portraits, telling this important story with skill and relish. Freehling highlights all the key moments on the road to war, including the violence in Bleeding Kansas, Preston Brooks's beating of Charles Sumner in the Senate chambers, the Dred Scott Decision, John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry, and much more. As Freehling shows, the election of Abraham Lincoln sparked a political crisis, but at first most Southerners took a cautious approach, willing to wait and see what Lincoln would do--especially, whether he would take any antagonistic measures against the South. But at this moment, the extreme…    
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 624
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.848

Prologue: Yancey's Rage
Better Economic Times Generate Worse Democratic Dilemmas
Democracy and Despotism, 1776- 1854: Road, Volume I, Revisited
Economic Bonanza, 1850-1860
The Climactic Ideological Frustrations
James Henry Hammond and the Unsolvable Proslavery Puzzle
The Three Imperfect Solutions
The Puzzling Future and the Infuriating Scapegoats
The Climactic Political Frustrations
Bleeding Kansas and Bloody Summer
The Scattering of the Ex-Whigs
James Buchanan's Precarious Election
The President-Elect as the Dred Scotts' Judge
The Climactic Kansas Crisis
Caribbean Delusions
Reopening the African Slave Trade
Reenslaving Free Blacks
John Brown and Three Other Men Coincidentally Named John
John Brown and Violent Invasion
John G. Fee and Religious Invasion
John Underwood and Economic Invasion
John Clark and Political Invasion
The Election of 8601
Yancey's Lethal Abstraction
The Democracy's Charleston Convention
The Democracy's Baltimore Convention
Suspicious Southerners and Lincoln's Election
South Carolina Dares
The State's Rights Justification
The Motivation
The Tactics and Tacticians
The Triumph; Coda: Did the Coincidence Change History?
Lower South Landslide, Upper South Stalemate
Alexander Stephen's Fleeting Moment; Coda: Did Stephens's and Hammond's Personalities Change History?
Southwestern Separatists' Tactics and Messages
Compromise Rejected
Military Explosions
Snowball Rolling
Upper South Stalemate
Stalemate-and the south-shattered; Coda: How Did Slavery Cause the Civil War?
Abbreviations Used in Notes