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Slavery, Capitalism and Politics in the Antebellum Republic

Volume 2. The Coming of the Civil War, 1850–1861

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  • Date Published: January 2008
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521713696

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  • This book asks why the United States experienced a civil war in 1861 and analyses the descent into war in the final decade of peace. The book systematically surveys southern extremists, Republicans, Democrats, Whigs, temperance advocates and Know Nothings. It advances a new and unique explanation of the origins of the Civil War, the most important event in the history of the most powerful country in the world.

    • Offers a fresh interpretation of the origins of the Civil War, the most important event in the history of the US
    • Full treatment of all the major participants in the politics of the 1850s - Democrats, southern militants, Whigs, Republicans, etc.
    • Based on extensive research and a thorough knowledge of the vast number of secondary works
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "John Ashworth’s explanation of the coming of the Civil War is intellectually attractive, structurally elaborate, and inadequately elaborated for so ambitious a book." -Lawrence T. McDonnell, The Journal of American History

    "...a comprehensive, almost encyclopedic, examination of political ideology from Andrew Jackson's presidency to the firing on Fort Sumter." -James L. Huston, The Journal of Southern History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521713696
    • length: 694 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 159 x 42 mm
    • weight: 0.92kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Slavery versus Antislavery:
    1. Combating the weaknesses of slavery: Southern militants, 1850–1861
    2. The antislavery challenge: the Republicans, 1854–1861
    Part II. Polarisation and Collapse:
    3. The disintegration of democratic hegemony: northern and national Democrats, 1850–1861
    4. Political realignment: collapse of the Whigs and neo-Whigs, 1848–1861
    Conclusion: explaining the Civil War (II).

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Civil War and Reconstruction
    • Cross-Cultural Communication
    • History of American Civil War
    • History of the Early American Republic
    • Language and Thinking
    • Seminar in US History,1800-1877
    • Topics in Linguistic Anthropology: Narrative
    • Trial Language
  • Author

    John Ashworth, University of Nottingham
    John Ashworth was born in Lancashire, England, and studied at the Universities of Lancaster and Oxford. He is currently Professor of American History in the School of American and Canadian Studies at the University of Nottingham. Professor Ashworth is the author of 'Agrarians' and 'Aristocrats': Party Political Ideology in the United States, 1837-1846, of Slavery, Capitalism and Politics in the Antebellum Republic: Volume 1: Commerce and Compromise, 1820-1850 (both of which were published by Cambridge University Press), and of numerous articles and reviews in learned journals.

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