U.s. History - Antebellum Period 1840-1860
President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab
Hardcover ISBN: 1594205566
A renowned journalist and cohost of NPR's Morning Edition presents a thrilling narrative history of President Andrew Jackson and Cherokee Chief John Ross—two heroic yet tragically opposed men whose actions decided the fate of states and Indian nations in America at a moment of transition.
America's Westward Expansion and the Road to the Civil War
Paperback ISBN: 0307277704
A sweeping history of the 1840s, Manifest Destinies captures the enormous sense of possibility that inspired America’s growth and shows how the acquisition of western territories forced the nation to come to grips with the deep fault line that would bring war in the near future. Steven E. Woodworth gives us a portrait of America at its most vibrant and expansive. It was a decade in which the nation significantly enlarged its boundaries, taking Texas, New Mexico, California, and the Pacific Northwest; William Henry Harrison ran the first modern populist campaign, focusing on entertaining voters rather than on discussing issues; prospectors headed west to search for gold; Joseph Smith founded a new religion; railroads and telegraph lines connected the country’s disparate populations as never before. When the 1840s dawned, Americans were feeling optimistic about the future: the population was growing, economic conditions were improving, and peace had reigned for nearly thirty years. A hopeful nation looked to the West, where vast areas of unsettled land seemed to promise prosperity to anyone resourceful enough to take advantage. And yet political tensions roiled below the surface; as the country took on new lands, slavery emerged as an irreconcilable source of disagreement between North and South, and secession reared its head for the first time. Rich in detail and full of dramatic events and fascinating characters, Manifest Destinies is an absorbing and highly entertaining account of a crucial decade that forged a young nation’s character and destiny.
Man’s Better Angels
Romantic Reformers and the Coming of the Civil War
Hardcover ISBN: 0674659546
Banks failed, inequality grew, people were out of work, and slavery threatened to rend the nation in two. The Panic of 1837 drew forth reformers who, animated by self-reliance, became prophets of a new moral order that would make America great again. Philip Gura captures a Romantic moment that was soon overtaken by civil war and postwar pragmatism.
Hardcover ISBN: 080508715x
A portrait of the 13th President traces his rise from virtual obscurity after the sudden death of Zachary Taylor, evaluating his roles in promoting Southern agendas, dividing the Whig party and setting the groundwork for the American Civil War. By the author of Slavery and the Founders. 25,000 first printing.
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave
Written by Himself
Paperback ISBN: 0674034015
No book more vividly explains the horror of American slavery and the emotional impetus behind the antislavery movement than Frederick Douglass’s Narrative. In an introductory essay, Robert Stepto re-examines the extraordinary life and achievement of a man who escaped from slavery to become a leading abolitionist and one of our most important writers. The John Harvard Library text reproduces the first edition, published in Boston in 1845.
The Politics of Black Citizenship
Free African Americans in the Mid-Atlantic Borderland, 1817-1863
Hardcover ISBN: 0820349372
Considering Baltimore and Philadelphia as part of the Mid-Atlantic borderland, Diemershows that the antebellum effort to secure the rights of American citizenship was central to black politics as it exploited the ambiguities of citizenship and negotiated the complex national, state, and local politics in which that concept was determined.
The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America
Paperback ISBN: 0812976746
In Polk, Walter R. Borneman gives us the first complete and authoritative biography of a president often overshadowed in image but seldom outdone in accomplishment. James K. Polk occupied the White House for only four years, from 1845 to 1849, but he plotted and attained a formidable agenda: He fought for and won tariff reductions, reestablished an independent Treasury, and, most notably, brought Texas into the Union, bluffed Great Britain out of the lion’s share of Oregon, and wrested California and much of the Southwest from Mexico. On reflection, these successes seem even more impressive, given the contentious political environment of the time. In this unprecedented, long-overdue warts-and-all look at Polk’s life and career, we have a portrait of an expansionist president and decisive statesman who redefined the country he led, and we are reminded anew of the true meaning of presidential accomplishment and resolve.
The Road to Secession in Antebellum Georgetown and Horry Districts
Paperback ISBN: 1467138983
The road to secession in antebellum Georgetown and Horry Districts was long. Through the use of newspapers and public lectures, local leaders unified their communities against the Second Great Awakening reforms, industrialization, corporate model banks and abolition. The leading statesmen cast a bond of allegiance with the yeoman farmers of the pine forests against slave emancipation and changing economic models to forge Southern Nationalism. Planters and farmers joined forces in the struggle to maintain their agricultural traditions and their sense of identity in a rapidly changing world. Plantation historian Christopher C. Boyle explores the beginning of a critical era in Horry and Georgetown.
The Scorpion's Sting
Antislavery and the Coming of the Civil War
Paperback ISBN: 0393351211
Explores the Civil War and the anti-slavery movement, specifically highlighting the plan to help abolish slavery by surrounding the slave states with territories of freedom and discusses the possibility of what could've been a more peaceful alternative to the war. 17,000 first printing.