The Road to Disunion, Volume I

The Road to Disunion, Volume I : Secessionists at Bay, 1776-1854

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This first volume of William Freehling's long-awaited, monumental study of the south's road to disunion offers a sweeping social history of the antebellum South from 1776 to 1854. All the dramatic events leading to secession are here from the Missouri Compromise to the Kansas-Nebraska Act, as are the major figures of the era, including Jefferson Davis, John C. Calhoun, Andrew Jackson, Thomas Jefferson, Nat Turner, and Frederick Douglass. Drawing heavily on contemporary sources, such as diaries and letters, Freehling evokes all the colour and cruelty of the vanished Old South and reveals the significant divisions of opinion that prevailed even in the slave more

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  • Paperback | 656 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 43.18mm | 884.5g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • halftones, maps
  • 0195072596
  • 9780195072594
  • 1,504,462

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No work about the road to disunion rivals it in comprehensiveness and strength of argument ... A superb example of modern historical practice. Washington Times Brims with wisdom and wit ... Essential for any collection on the nation, the South, or antebellum politics. * Library Journal *show more

About William W. Freehling

William Freehling is Singletary Professor of the Humanities at the University of Kentucky. His first book, Prelude to Civil War, won both an Allan Nevins and a Bancroft Prize and is recognized as one of the most significant studies of the Civil War era published in the past three more

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In the first volume of his long-awaited, monumental study of the South's road to disunion, eminent historian William W. Freehling offers a sweeping political and social history of the antebellum South from more

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