U.s. History - Antebellum Period 1840-1860
Beyond the River
The Untold Story of the Heroes of the Underground Railroad
Paperback ISBN: 0684870665
Traces the story of early abolitionist leader John Rankin, from his writings to his slave owner brother, which later became Letters on American Slavery; to his contributions on the free side of the Ohio River; to the sensational 1830s trial that threatened his large family. Reprint.
The California Gold Rush
and the Coming of the Civil War
Compact Disc ISBN: 0786161795
Reassesses the role of the California Gold Rush in the events and crises leading up to the Civil War, analyzing not only the hunger for gold, but also the squabbling over bringing California in as a slave state, the proposed division of the state into two regions, the political maneuverings and battles, and the economic factors involved. Simultaneous.
Crisis of the House Divided
An Interpretation of the Issues in the Lincoln-Douglas Debates
Paperback ISBN: 0226391183
Crisis of the House Divided is the standard historiography of the Lincoln-Douglas debates. Harry Jaffa provides the definitive analysis of the political principles that guided Lincoln from his reentry into politics in 1854 through his Senate campaign against Douglas in 1858. To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the original publication, Jaffa has provided a new introduction. "Crisis of the House Divided has shaped the thought of a generation of Abraham Lincoln and Civil War scholars."—Mark E. Needly, Jr., Civil War History "An important book about one of the great episodes in the history of the sectional controversy. It breaks new ground and opens a new view of Lincoln's significance as a political thinker."—T. Harry Williams, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences "A searching and provocative analysis of the issues confronted and the ideas expounded in the great debates. . . . A book which displays such learning and insight that it cannot fail to excite the admiration even of scholars who disagree with its major arguments and conclusions."—D. E. Fehrenbacher, American Historical Review
Don Troiani's American Battles
The Art of the Nation at War, 1754-1865
Paperback ISBN: 0811712745
- Now in paperback - 80 percent of the book features Civil War battles - Lavishly illustrated with Troiani's masterful artwork, including those found in private collections - Contributors include some of military history's biggest names, such as Stephen W. Sears, Robert K. Krick, and the late Brian Pohanka
The Field of Blood
Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War
Hardcover ISBN: 0374154775
The previously untold story of the violence in Congress that helped spark the Civil War In The Field of Blood, Joanne Freeman recovers the long-lost story of physical violence on the floor of the U.S. Congress. Drawing on an extraordinary range of sources, Freeman shows that the Capitol was rife with conflict in the decades before the Civil War. Legislative sessions often were punctuated with mortal threats, canings, flipped desks, and all-out slugfests. When debate broke down, congressmen drew pistols and waved Bowie knives. One representative even killed another in a duel. Many were beaten and bullied in an attempt to intimidate them into compliance, particularly on the issue of slavery. These fights didn’t happen in a vacuum. Freeman’s dramatic accounts of brawls and thrashings tell a larger story of how fisticuffs and journalism, and the powerful emotions they elicited, raised tensions between North and South and led toward war. In the process, she brings the antebellum Congress to life, revealing its rough realities—the feel, sense, and sound of it—as well as its nation-shaping import. Funny, tragic, and rivetingly told, The Field of Blood offers a front-row view of congressional mayhem, and sheds new light on the careers of John Quincy Adams, Henry Clay, and other luminaries, as well as introducing a host of lesser-known but no less fascinating men. The result is a fresh understanding of the workings of American democracy and the bonds of Union on the eve of their greatest peril.
The United States Capitol and the Coming of the Civil War
Paperback ISBN: 0809046830
Traces lesser-known events in the history of the modern U.S. Capitol building before and during the American Civil War while revealing the significant contributions of Confederacy president Jefferson Davis, Union quartermaster general Montgomery Meigs and architect Thomas U. Walter. 15,000 first printing.
Gateway to Freedom
The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad
Hardcover ISBN: 0393244075
Traces the workings of the underground railroad in slave-dependent New York by three lesser-known heroes who coordinated with black dockworkers and counterparts in other states to help thousands of fugitive slaves between 1830 and 1860. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Fiery Trail.
Hauntings of the Underground Railroad
Ghosts of the Midwest
Paperback ISBN: 0253029821
Before the Civil War, a network of secret routes and safe houses crisscrossed the Midwest to help African Americans travel north to escape slavery. Although many slaves were able to escape to the safety of Canada, others met untimely deaths on the treacherous journey—and some of these unfortunates still linger, unable to rest in peace. InHauntings of the Underground Railroad: Ghosts of the Midwest, Jane Simon Ammeson investigates unforgettable and chilling tales of these restless ghosts that still walk the night. This unique collection includes true and gruesome stories, like the story of a lost toddler who wanders the woods near the Story Inn, eternally searching for the mother torn from him by slave hunters, or the tale of the Hannah House, where an overturned oil lamp sparked a fire that trapped slaves hiding in the basement and burned them alive. Brave visitors who visit the house, which is now a bed and breakfast, claim they can still hear voices moaning and crying from the basement.Ammeson also includes incredible true stories of daring escapes and close calls on the Underground Railroad. A fascinating and spine-tingling glimpse into our past,Hauntings of the Underground Railroadwill keep you up all night.
In Defense of Andrew Jackson
Hardcover ISBN: 1621577287
Using diaries, letters and newspaper columns from contemporaries, including John Quincy Adams and James Monroe, a history professor paints a picture of President Andrew Jackson as a no-compromise warrior and eccentric politician and makes compelling parallels to modern American leadership.