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

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Harper Collins, Mar 15, 1977 - History - 672 pages

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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Contents

A page from the American AntiSlavery Almanac 28 John Brown
270
Argument versus Clubs
270
Abraham Lincoln 32 Stephen A Douglas
270
Cloth banner promoting the Republican ticket 1860
270
ProLincoln political cartoon 35 Steven A Douglas Patriot 36 A Secession Movement
270
James Buchanan Judas 38 J C Breckinridge Traitor 39 Poster announcing an AntiSlavery Meeting
270
We Go for the Union 41 Announcement of South Carolinas secession on the front page of the Charleston Mercury December 20 1860
270
The Sharps Rifle 43 Fort Sumter after the first shelling 44 On to Liberty
270

A RAILROAD PROMOTION AND ITS SEQUEL
145
THE EBB TIDE OF MANIFEST DESTINY
177
The Polk family
196
Two WARS IN KANSAS
199
THE POLITICAL PARTIES IN METAMORPHOSIS
225
DRED SCOTT AND THE LAW OF THE LAND
267
San Procopio Retablo by an unknown native New Mexican artist 6 Justices Court in the Backwoods 7 Cider Mill
270
Implements used in warfare during the 1850s 9 Mexican News
270
John Charles Fremont 11 Characters of San Francisco 1854
270
Land ownership certificate enabling freestater Edward E Hale to vote in Kansas 14 Slavestaters voting in Kansas
270
Freestaters in Kansas readying their cannon 16 Ruins of the Free State Hotel Lawrence
270
William Henry Seward 18 The United States Senate 1850
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Scene from Uncle Toms Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe 25 Antislavery handbill 26 Harriet Beecher Stowe
270
Maps and Charts The KansasNebraska Act 1854 166
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THE DESCENT GROWS STEEPER
297
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
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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