Days of defiance: Sumter, secession, and the coming of the Civil War

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Alfred A. Knopf, Sep 8, 1997 - History - 496 pages
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Examines the extraordinary events that led up to the Civil War, from Abraham Lincoln's 1860 election victory, through governmental gridlock, Southern threats to secede, and the machinations of an ambitious William Steward, to the fall of Fort Sumter. 17,500 first printing. History Bk Club.

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DAYS OF DEFIANCE: Sumter, Secession, and the Coming of the Civil War

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A dramatic narrative that depicts how secession struck at the heart of republican government itself in the five months leading up to the Civil War. Klein (History/Univ. of Rhode Island; The Life and ... Read full review

Days of defiance: Sumter, secession, and the coming of the Civil War

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In this account of the secession winter of 1860-61, historian Klein, author of numerous books on railroads, travels from Charleston, South Carolina, to Washington, D.C., and other places where ... Read full review


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Maury Klein is professor of history at the University of Rhode Island. His previous books include "Unfinished Business: The Railroad in American Life" and "The Life and Legend of Jay Gould".

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