The Impending Crisis, 1848-61

The Impending Crisis, 1848-61

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"David M. Potter's magisterial The Impending Crisis is the single best account to date of the coming of the Civil War." --Civil War History"The magnum opus of a great American historian." --NewsweekNow in a new edition for the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, David Potter's Pulitzer Prize-winning history of antebellum America offers an indispensible analysis of the causes of the war between the states. The Journal of Southern History calls Potter's incisive account, "modern scholarship's most comprehensive account of the coming of the Civil War," and the New York Times Book Review hails it as "profound and original.... History in the grand tradition."show more

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  • Paperback | 638 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 35.56mm | 521.63g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperPerennial
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • b&w illustrations, index
  • 0061319295
  • 9780061319297
  • 216,238

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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 more

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"The finest work of a fine historian."--C. Vann Woodward"In contrast to so much of recent American historical writing, "The Impending Crisis "is history in the grand tradition. Its concerns are philosophical; it asks questions which have been eclipsed by newer interests. It seeks to examine the nature of the political process and the underlying patterns of historical causation. On these subjects, Potter's insights are profound and original."--Eric Foner, "The New York Times Book Review""It is magnificent."--Walter Clemons, "Newsweek"show more

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