American Mobbing, 1828-1861
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American Mobbing, 1828-1861 : Toward Civil War

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American Mobbing, 1828-1861 is a comprehensive history of mob violence in antebellum America. David Grimsted argues that, though the issue of slavery provoked riots in both the North and the South, the riots produced two different reactions. In the South anti-slavery rioting was widely tolerated and effectively encouraged Southern support for slavery. In the North, both pro-slavery and anti-slavery riots were put down, often violently, by the authorities, resulting usually in a public reaction against slavery. Grimsted thus demonstrates that mob violence was a major cause of the social split that led to the Civil War.show more

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  • Hardback | 392 pages
  • 165.4 x 242.1 x 27.4mm | 766.38g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195117077
  • 9780195117073

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...David Grimsted has made a major contribution to the historiography of mob violence in the nineteenth-century United States. His book illuminates how often antebellum Americans negotiated their differences through rioting. More importantly it shows the price that this nation has paid for engaging in such behavior....American Mobbing is required reading for those interested in Civil War causation and the history of mob violence in the United States. * Reviews in American History * Grimsted offers lengthy analyses...extensive...contextual examinations...provocative and controversial. * The North Carolina Historical Review * David Grimsted's groundbreaking tome, the product of over twenty-five years of work, is a deeply considered meditation on the relationship between mob violence and the coming of the Civil War....He addresses one of the central questions in American History and his important answers deserve widespread acclaim and continued commentary. * Journal of Social History * ...a lively, eloquent study....American Mobbing is a smart, passionate examination of an unusually contentious era. Scholars and general readers interested in prewar America will wish to read it, and they will much enjoy the time spent doing it. * Civil War History * ...Grimsted has produced a well-written and provocative account of a difficult subject. He is to be commended for making some sense out of the senseless, and his work should be read by all those interested in the causes of America's bloodiest war. * Mississippi Quarterly *show more

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