Prelude to Civil War

Prelude to Civil War

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In this brilliant study of the origins of the Civil War, William Freehling tells the story of the Nullification Controversy in South Carlina, describing how from 1816 to 1836 aristocratic planters of the Palmetto State tumbled from a secure and prosperous life to one rife with economic distress, guilt over slavery, and apprehension of slave rebellion. It shows in compelling detail how this reversal of fortune led the political leaders of Southern Carolina down the path to ever more radical states right doctrines: in 1932 they were seeking to nullify federal law by refusing to obey it; four years later some of them were considering secession.

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  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 140 x 214 x 26mm | 557.92g
  • 13 Aug 1992
  • Oxford University Press, USA
  • New York, NY
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0195076818
  • 9780195076813

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Author Information

About the Author William W. Freehling is the Thomas B. Lockwood Professor of American History at the State University of New York, Buffalo. He is also the author of the The Road to Disunion, the first volume of which was published by Oxford in 1990.

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"The definitive study of the nullification crisis in South Carolina."--The Free Lance-Star "Well done....Fine companion to Freehling's other work. Chapters are well organized; summaries are excellent."--Richard Owens, Lewis University "Combines incisive analysis with great narrative power....An important event....Highly readable and absorbing."--Book Week "An excellent piece of research and writing."--Library Journal

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