At the precipice [electronic resource] : Americans north and south during the secession crisis / Shearer Davis Bowman.

Author
Bowman, Shearer Davis [Browse]
Format
Book
Language
English
Published/​Created
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2010.
Description
1 online resource (390 p.)

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Subject(s)
Series
Littlefield history of the Civil War era. [More in this series]
Summary note
Bowman explores the different ways in which Americans, North and South, black and white, understood their interests, rights, and honor during the secession period. He examines the lives and thoughts of key figures and provides an especially vivid glimpse into what less famous men and women in both sections thought about themselves and the worlds in which they lived, and how their thoughts informed their actions during this time. Both sides glorified the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States, yet they interpreted those sacred documents in markedly different ways and held very different notions of what constituted "American" values.
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Description based upon print version of record.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Language note
English
Contents
  • Introduction and overview
  • Slaveholders and slaves, state's rights and revolution
  • Honor and degradation : section, race, and gender
  • The second party system and its legacy : the careers of John Bell, John C. Breckinridge, Howell Cobb, Stephen A. Douglas, John Tyler, and Martin Van Buren
  • Jefferson Davis, Horace L. Kent, and the old south
  • Abraham Lincoln, Henry Waller, and the free-labor north
  • Keziah Goodwyn Hopkins Brevard and Sojourner Truth : faith, race, and gender
  • President Buchanan, the Crittenden Compromise, President Lincoln, and Fort Sumter.
ISBN
  • 1-4696-0624-0
  • 0-8078-9567-9
OCLC
676696379
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