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Cooper, William J. (William James), 1940-
We have the war upon us : the onset of the Civil War, November 1860-April 1861 / William J. Cooper
Alternate Title Onset of the Civil War, November 1860-April 1861
1st ed
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2012
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  E440.5 .C77 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject United States -- Politics and government -- 1857-1861
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Causes
Subject(s) Secession -- Southern States
Subject Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
Physical Description xv, 332 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm
Note "This is a Borzoi book."
Includes bibliographical references (p. 273-315) and index
Contents Prologue : "Is this not a remarkable spectacle?" -- "The future is . . . shrouded in the very blackness of darkness" -- "We need a statesman of nerve to meet the terrible crisis" -- "The prospects for the country are gloomy" -- "Up with polly, down with wisdom is the order of the day" -- "You can still this storm" -- "Fraternity is the element of the union" -- "The quicksands that environ our ship of state" -- Epilogue : "Both sides marching to fields of blood"
Summary Presents a revisionist account of the period between Lincoln's election and the firing on Fort Sumter, evaluating the contributions of key figures and the circumstances that contributed to the Civil War's inevitability

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