America in 1857: A Nation on the Brink

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It was a year packed with unsettling events. The Panic of 1857 closed every bank in New York City, ruined thousands of businesses, and caused wide-spread unemployment. Stampp's intensely focused look at this pivotal year illuminates the forces at work and the mood of the nation as it plummeted toward disaster.

It was a year packed with unsettling events. The Panic of 1857 closed every bank in New York City, ruined thousands of businesses, and caused wide-spread ...

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Overview

It was a year packed with unsettling events. The Panic of 1857 closed every bank in New York City, ruined thousands of businesses, and caused wide-spread unemployment. Stampp's intensely focused look at this pivotal year illuminates the forces at work and the mood of the nation as it plummeted toward disaster.

It was a year packed with unsettling events. The Panic of 1857 closed every bank in New York City, ruined thousands of businesses, and caused wide-spread unemployment. Stampp's intensely focused look at this pivotal year illuminates the forces at work and the mood of the nation as it plummeted toward disaster.

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"A well-written, usable book that sets the scene for the Civil War. Perfect for an upper division seminar."—Carolle J. Carter, Menlo College

"Outstanding, much-needed interpretation by a premier historian."—Glen Barrett, Boise State University

"An invaluable book for a specialized course such as I teach in U.S. History 1820-1865. It provides all the needed data and details frequently omitted in other textbooks. A most welcome addition to available sources covering the crucial period on the eve of the War Between the State."—Alexander Niven, St. Louis University

"[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

"A graceful narrative....[A] detailed and comprehensive examination....An important statement on the coming of the civil war."—Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography

"An immensely readable book....Vivid history of a period that should be more familiar than it is."—Newark Star-Ledger

"[Kenneth Stampp's] new book, richly detailed, judicious, and convincing in its recreation of complex events and decisions, will appeal to specialists and general readers alike....A compelling exploration of the struggle between proslavery and free state forces in Kansas."—Gateway Heritage

"A particularly enlightening book."—Booklist

"Kenneth M. Stampp is by common acclaim the dean of historians of the Civil War era....A triumph of the historian's craft....Stampp's style is as clear and plain as his knowledge is great. America in 1857 is a book from which even scholars can learn, nonhistorians can enjoy, and which Civil War buffs will certainly relish."—The New York Times Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195074819
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/28/1992
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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Kenneth M. Stampp is Morrison Professor of History Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. A past president of the Organization of American Historians, a recipient of an American Historical Association Award for Scholarly Distinction, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is the author of several seminal works in American history, including The Peculiar Institution: Slavery in the Ante-Bellum South and The Imperiled Union.

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