The Impending Crisis: America Before the Civil War, 1848-1861

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Harper Collins, Mar 15, 1977 - History - 672 pages
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David M. Potter's Pulitzer Prize-winning The Impending Crisis is the definitive history of antebellum America. Potter's sweeping epic masterfully charts the chaotic forces that climaxed with the outbreak of the Civil War: westward expansion, the divisive issue of slavery, the Dred Scott decision, John Brown's uprising, the ascension of Abraham Lincoln, and the drama of Southern succession. Now available in a new edition, The Impending Crisis remains one of the most celebrated works of American historical writing.

  

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Review: The Impending Crisis: America Before the Civil War, 1848-1861 (The New American Nation Series)

User Review  - Hana - Goodreads

Reading Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution 1863-1877 by Eric Foner has reminded me of all the gaps in my knowledge of this critical period in US history. This looks like a splendid overview of key events in the years just before the war. Read full review

Review: The Impending Crisis: America Before the Civil War, 1848-1861 (The New American Nation Series)

User Review  - Tim - Goodreads

It's about that US from 1848 to 1861. The Civil war. It's pretty good. The book won the pulitzer prize. I believe. No comment. Here's a comment from my mom: "If it isn't an intellectual book, I won't ... Read full review

Contents

AMERICAN NATIONALISM ACHIEVES AN OMINOUS FULFILLMENT
1
PORTENTS OF A SECTIONAL RIFT
18
FORGING THE TERRITORIAL SHEARS
51
THE DEADLOCK OF 18461850
63
THE ARMISTICE OF 1850
90
FIREEATERS FUGITIVES AND FINALITY
121
A RAILROAD PROMOTION AND ITS SEQUEL
145
THE EBB TIDE OF MANIFEST DESTINY
177
LINCOLN DOUGLAS AND THE IMPLICATIONS OF SLAVERY
328
A REVOLUTION THAT FAILED
356
SOUTHERN MANEUVERS ON THE EVE OF CONFLICT
385
THE ELECTION OF 1860
405
THE NATURE OF SOUTHERN SEPARATISM
448
THE LOWER SOUTH SECEDES
485
WINTER CRISIS
514
END AND BEGINNING
555

Two WARS IN KANSAS
199
THE POLITICAL PARTIES IN METAMORPHOSIS
225
DRED SCOTT AND THE LAW OF THE LAND
267
THE DESCENT GROWS STEEPER
297
BIBLIOGRAPHY
584
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
622
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About the author (1977)

David M. Potter (1910-1971) was a professor of history at Yale and Stanford universities. He was posthumously awarded the 1977 Pulitzer Prize for History for The Impending Crisis, which his Stanford colleague Don Fehrenbacher completed and edited.

Don E. Fehrenbacher (1920-1997) was awarded the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for History for The Dred Scott Case, and edited the Library of America's two-volume collection of Abraham Lincoln's speeches and writings.

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