Slavery, Capitalism, and Politics in the Antebellum Republic: The Coming of the Civil War, 1850-1861

Slavery, Capitalism, and Politics in the Antebellum Republic: The Coming of the Civil War, 1850-1861

by John Ashworth
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521713692

ISBN-13: 9780521713696

Pub. Date: 12/31/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book asks why the United States experienced a civil war in 1861 and analyses the descent into war in the final decade of peace. The book systematically surveys southern extremists, Republicans, Democrats, Whigs, temperance advocates and Know Nothings. It advances a new and unique explanation of the origins of the Civil War, the most important event in the

Overview

This book asks why the United States experienced a civil war in 1861 and analyses the descent into war in the final decade of peace. The book systematically surveys southern extremists, Republicans, Democrats, Whigs, temperance advocates and Know Nothings. It advances a new and unique explanation of the origins of the Civil War, the most important event in the history of the most powerful country in the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521713696
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
720
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.65(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Slavery versus Antislavery: 1. Combating the weaknesses of slavery: Southern militants, 1850–1861; 2. The antislavery challenge: the Republicans, 1854–1861; Part II. Polarisation and Collapse: 3. The disintegration of democratic hegemony: northern and national Democrats, 1850–1861; 4. Political realignment: collapse of the Whigs and neo-Whigs, 1848–1861; Conclusion: explaining the Civil War (II).

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