William Lowndes Yancey and the Coming of the Civil War / Edition 1

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Overview

In the first comprehensive biography of William Lowndes Yancey (1814-63), one of the leading secessionists of the Old South, Eric H. Walther examines the personality and political life of the uncompromising fire-eater and presents a nuanced look at the roots of Southern honor, violence, and understandings of manhood as they developed in the nineteenth century.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A major contribution . . . which will be of great interest to students of the Old South and the Civil War."
North Carolina Historical Review

"Whether or not Yancey was a man obsessed, this biography should be a book possessed."
Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

"Until now . . . 'the prince of Fire-eaters' has lacked a modern biography."
Civil War History

"An admirable biography of a less than admirable man. . . . Thoroughly researched and skillfully argued, this book is a major contribution to our understanding of antebellum American politics and the coming of the Civil War. . . . Walther has written a superb book, an often-disturbing exploration of a politics of anger and fear. It is a book that no one interested in American history should ignore."

Alabama Review

"Gives historians their first close look at this straw man of secession. . . . The research is in impressive. . . . Scholars will thank Walther for finally giving them a full portrait of this intriguing figure."
The Historian

"Walther has not only exhaustively explored the sources for Yancey's life, but he has written a careful and judicious biography of a man known for his fiery words and actions in the nation's greatest crisis."
South Carolina Historical Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807830277
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 6/30/2006
  • Series: Civil War America Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric H. Walther is associate professor of history at the University of Houston. He is author of The Fire-Eaters and The Shattering of the Union: America in the 1850s.

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