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Ashworth, John, 1950-
The republic in crisis, 1848-1861 / John Ashworth
New York : Cambridge University Press, c2012
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  E415.7 .A75 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject United States -- Politics and government -- 1845-1861
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Causes
Physical Description ix, 209 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm
Summary "The Republic in Crisis, 1848-1861 meticulously analyzes the political climate in the years leading up to the Civil War and the causes of that conflict"-- Provided by publisher
"The Republic in Crisis, 1848,♯︡1861 analyzes the political climate in the years leading up to the Civil War, offering for students and general readers a clear, chronological account of the sectional conflict and the beginning of the Civil War. Emerging from the tumultuous political events of the 1840s and 1850s, the Civil War was caused by the maturing of the North and South's separate, distinctive forms of social organization and their resulting ideologies. John Ashworth emphasizes factors often overlooked in explanations of the war, including the resistance of slaves in the South and the growth of wage labor in the North. Ashworth acquaints readers with modern writings on the period, providing a new interpretation of the American Civil War's causes"-- Provided by publisher
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents 1. The United States in 1948: a nation imperiled -- 2. Crisis at mid-century, 1848-1851 -- 3. Immigrants, alcoholics and their enemies: ethnocultural issues, 1851-1854 -- 4. Preparing for disaster: the politics of slavery, 1851-1854 -- 5. Political maelstrom, 1854-1856 -- 6. North and south, republican and democrat -- 7. Political polarisation, 1857-1860 -- 8. Secession and the outbreak of war, 1860-1861 -- 9. Conclusion: slavery, emancipation, and the Civil War.

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