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With a New Preface and Afterword
In a revised edition, brought completely up to date with a new preface and afterword and an expanded bibliography, Bruce Levine's succinct and persuasive treatment of the basic issues that precipitated the Civil War is as compelling as ever. Levine explores the far-reaching, divisive changes in American life that came with the incomplete Revolution of 1776 and the development of two distinct social systems, one based on slavery, the other on free laborchanges out of which the Civil War developed.
|Publisher:||Farrar, Straus and Giroux|
|Edition description:||Revised Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.35(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.96(d)|
About the Author
Bruce Levine, James G. Randall Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is a co-author of Who Built America? and the author of The Spirit of 1848: German Immigrants, Labor Conflict, and the Coming of Civil War and Confederate Emancipation: Southern Plans to Free Slaves during the Civil War.
Table of Contents
|Preface to the Revised Edition||ix|
|Introduction: Freedom, Slavery, and the Legacy of the American Revolution||3|
|1||"Our Laborers Are Our Property": The Southern Slave Economy||17|
|2||"Each Person Works for Himself": The Ideal and Reality of Free Labor||46|
|3||"A Complete Revolution in Social Life": Cultural Change in the Antebellum North||71|
|4||"The Anointed Lords of Creation": Culture and Society in the Antebellum South||95|
|5||"Called by the Same Name": The Many Meanings of Liberty||121|
|6||To "Fight Against the Serpent": Antislavery and Its Early Progress||145|
|7||"A Firebell in the Night": The Struggle Escalates||160|
|8||"Keep It Within Limits": Western Lands and Free Soil||177|
|9||"Anti Nebraska Feeling Is Too Deep": Origins and Triumph of Republicanism||199|
|10||"The Inexorable Logic of Events": Secession, War, and Emancipation||225|
|Afterword: On Popular Mobilization in the Civil War Era||243|
|New Bibliographical Essay||257|