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Border War: Fighting over Slavery before the Civil War

Border War: Fighting over Slavery before the Civil War

by Stanley Harrold

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Border War: Fighting over Slavery before the Civil War


Border War: Fighting over Slavery before the Civil War

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Border War is a must-have for anyone seeking to understand the small-scale underlying fights that snowballed the Civil War. . . . Textbooks and many leading historical works leave gaps by portraying the sweeping movements, but Harrold fills in the details without which a true and thorough understanding of the slavery issue and the Civil War is impossible.—Virginia Libraries

Relying on an impressive array of archival and secondary sources, Harrold reconfigures the Underground Railroad into a complex series of events.—Kansas History

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Bleeding Kansas may be well known, but the fuller extent of pre-Civil War border violence is likely to surprise many readers. There were raids across all the border states, in both directions, for two decades before secession. There were hotbeds of abolitionist and proslavery strife in Maryland and Kentucky, for instance, as well as Virginia, Missouri, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. Harrold (history, South Carolina State Univ.) covers the many fights across these North-South borders, as well as newspaper writing that fanned the flames on both sides. A good addition to all Civil War collections.

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The University of North Carolina Press
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Civil War America Series
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6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

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Arguing for a broader definition of politics, Stanley Harrold successfully takes us into relatively uncharted waters, insisting that, by running away, slaves had a profound effect on the politics of slavery both on the border between slavery and freedom where it was most vulnerable and on the national level.—Richard J. M. Blackett, Vanderbilt University

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Stanley Harrold is professor of history at South Carolina State University.

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