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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 ca. I would love to give Potter s book than 3 stars but this was a book that I struggled to read despite enjoying it Unlike most books it took me months to read this one I kept finding reasons to put off reading itOne of the reasons was simply the appearance of the book You know how you sometimes pick up a 250 page book and thinks Wow the publisher did everything they could to stretch this book to 250 pages The margins are large the font is big the spacing is wide etc The author delivered 120 pages of text but the publisher wanted a bigger book This book was the exact opposite It was just under 600 pages but the font is small the spacing is neglible and the margins are non existent It is almost as if the author produced a 900 page book but the publisher didn t think a 900 page book could sell so did everything to sueeze it into 600 pages This gave the book a cramped feelAs for the book itself I had a lovehate relationship with it For the most part I loved it but there were sections that dragged and were too compact of a list of facts than a narrative But the parts that excelled were great But what makes reading a 43 year old history interesting is that it is a reflection upon the culture that wrote the book This book was the best book on antebellum history as it was understood in 1976 Ideas that are accepted today were novel or unheard of 43 years ago Ideas that were accepted 43 years ago have been rejected in the meantime Issues that were focused on have changed But what makes reading a 43 year old history interesting is that sometimes you realize that the issues that are pervasive today were pervasive then and 170 years ago History may not repeat itself but it definitely rhymes Reading old history about history makes this fact come to life The Family read despite enjoying it Unlike most books it took me months to The First Partition of Poland read this one I kept finding The Hero of Varay reasons to put off Palestrina and Other Plays reading itOne of the Blackmailed By Daddy reasons was simply the appearance of the book You know how you sometimes pick up a 250 page book and thinks Wow the publisher did everything they could to stretch this book to 250 pages The margins are large the font is big the spacing is wide etc The author delivered 120 pages of text but the publisher wanted a bigger book This book was the exact opposite It was just under 600 pages but the font is small the spacing is neglible and the margins are non existent It is almost as if the author produced a 900 page book but the publisher didn t think a 900 page book could sell so did everything to sueeze it into 600 pages This gave the book a cramped feelAs for the book itself I had a lovehate उरलं सुरलं [Urla Surla] relationship with it For the most part I loved it but there were sections that dragged and were too compact of a list of facts than a narrative But the parts that excelled were great But what makes Cock Tales reading a 43 year old history interesting is that it is a Son of the Hero reflection upon the culture that wrote the book This book was the best book on antebellum history as it was understood in 1976 Ideas that are accepted today were novel or unheard of 43 years ago Ideas that were accepted 43 years ago have been The Alien Jigsaw rejected in the meantime Issues that were focused on have changed But what makes Towards a Comprehensive Theory of Human Learning reading a 43 year old history interesting is that sometimes you The Illusion of Gods Presence realize that the issues that are pervasive today were pervasive then and 170 years ago History may not Folk Tales From The Soviet Union repeat itself but it definitely Not The Hot Chick rhymes Reading old history about history makes this fact come to life

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The Impending Crisis 1848 1861

Lls 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”. This is just an excellent and highly readable account of the period leading up to the Civil War It is a political history of the country during that period it doesn t cover social cultural or economic developments except as they bear upon the subject matterIn the last few years a number of Southerners have asserted that the Civil War was not really fought over the issue of slavery but rather over states rights issues tariffs etc This book written in 1976 and the winner of the Pulitzer Prize back then makes an overwhelmingly compelling case that this is wrong that slavery was not only the most important issue leading to the war but in fact the only issue The Big Golden Book of Poetry readable account of the period leading up to the Civil War It is a political history of the country during that period it doesn t cover social cultural or economic developments except as they bear upon the subject matterIn the last few years a number of Southerners have asserted that the Civil War was not Wild Man Creek (Virgin River, rather over states

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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. You must also study and learn the lessons of history because humanity has been involved in this soul wrenching existential struggle for a very long time uoted from A final message from John Lewis published in The New York Times shortly before his death on July 17 2020Hindsight the historian s chief asset and his main liability has enabled all historical writers to know that the decade of the fifties terminated in a great civil war Knowing it they have consistently treated the decade not as a segment of time with a character of its own but as a prelude to something else By the very term antebellum they have diagnosed a whole period in the light of what came after Page 145This is an extraordinary book covering an extraordinary period of American HistoryIn the 10 12 years covered here the country lurched from crisis to crisis Because the Senate and Supreme Court were dominated by Southerners the issues were usually resolved in favor of the South However these were hollow victories as they alienated the public opinion and weakened one of its strengths the Democratic partyThere are so many interesting sections and chapters here that it is difficult to pick a favorite to describe The author shines as a historian by the description analysis and observations he makes about the events during this decade He gives a presentation of all the sides to the events and situations History should not just be a recitation of facts and events of a periodThe main theme of the book is the sectionalism that divided the country and its politics There were always sections of the country in conflict with other sections This occurred between the East and West the Whigs and Democrats and the North and South but the biggest conflict was between the pro and anti slavery factions The South was forced to defend the institution of slavery against the opinion of the rest of the world However the issue of slavery which has dominated the conversation about the Civil War was not entirely true Although there were no or few slaves in the North and an established institution in the South the conflict was not over the slavery of Negroes but became a conflict over the issue of slavery in the territories The South could not allow the North to become dominate in the government by gaining representation from new states in the WestHow much did the slavery issue really play here He points out that even after emancipation the life of the Negro did not change There is much evidence that the northerners and anti slavery movement were not pro NegroAfter the Nat Turner slave revolution and the brutal slave revolt on the island of Santo Domingo southern slave owners had good reason to fear slave insurrections Then the John Brown attempt at Harpers Ferry led southerners to believe northern abolitionists were encouraging slaves to revolt The author spends some time dealing with John Brown who following his attempt at Harpers Ferry was praised in the North but given the atrocities that were visited upon the slaves following his attempt he deserves our condemnationThe book is reminiscence of old school history books it was published in 1977 There is a uote on the cover of the book by Eric Foner calling it history in the grand tradition It is heavily footnoted and I found these somewhat disruptive to the flow of the narrative however occasionally reading certain ones added important informationMuch is made of the Compromise of 1850 Included in this compromise was the Fugitive Slave Act This part of the compromise inflamed the passions of many in the North especially the abolitionists This leads to a discussion of the Underground Railway There is evidence that the count of the slaves rescued this way was exaggerated However the compromise did give the North a chance to prepare for a war they were unprepared forThere is an interesting account of Uncle Tom s Cabin the book said to have been responsible for the Civil War The author reports that the book lacked the ualifications of such a literary success However there is no doubt of its impact on the public s attitude towards slaveryIt is pointed out that the southerners with their states rights politics were also pushing the manifest destiny policy Their desire to acuire Cuba Mexico and Nicaragua was ironic given the fact they did not want the United States government in their own statesA chapter on Bleeding Kansas asks why the pro slavery faction fought for an area into which there were no plans or at least very little for slaves This seemed to be a policy they followed which gave them small victories but lost the battle for the public s sympathy There was one interesting event which I must mention given our current administration Late in the Buchanan administration saw the first congressional investigation into some of the activities of administrative officials The Democratic party had voted large appropriations to groups expected to then make large contributions to the party The Secretary of War favored friends with government contracts and President Buchanan denied an event for which there was proof of his approval Any of this sound familiar One of the interesting chapters was The Nature of Southern Separation Although the rest of the book is largely a history of events this chapter is of an essay albeit a long one on Southern Nationalism The philosophies of the southerners regarding how to protect their culture and institutions are examined The main issue is whether these can be protected within or without the UnionThe John Lewis uote above advises reading history to understand the path taken by the African Americans in the uest for euality in this country This book is a huge contribution to that understanding Seventy five years after the end of World War II the nazi swastika is generally considered a symbol of hate and is unacceptable for public display Over 150 years after the end of the Civil War we are now arguing about the appropriateness of public displays of the confederate flag confirming Lewis statement that this struggle has been going on for a long time The Civil War did far to produce a southern nationalism which flourished in the cult of the Lost Cause then southern nationalism did to produce the war page 469 Towards a Comprehensive Theory of Human Learning resolved in favor of the South However these were hollow victories as they alienated the public opinion and weakened one of its strengths the Democratic partyThere are so many interesting sections and chapters here that it is difficult to pick a favorite to describe The author shines as a historian by the description analysis and observations he makes about the events during this decade He gives a presentation of all the sides to the events and situations History should not just be a The Illusion of Gods Presence recitation of facts and events of a periodThe main theme of the book is the sectionalism that divided the country and its politics There were always sections of the country in conflict with other sections This occurred between the East and West the Whigs and Democrats and the North and South but the biggest conflict was between the pro and anti slavery factions The South was forced to defend the institution of slavery against the opinion of the Folk Tales From The Soviet Union rest of the world However the issue of slavery which has dominated the conversation about the Civil War was not entirely true Although there were no or few slaves in the North and an established institution in the South the conflict was not over the slavery of Negroes but became a conflict over the issue of slavery in the territories The South could not allow the North to become dominate in the government by gaining Not The Hot Chick representation from new states in the WestHow much did the slavery issue Pegged and Plugged at the Club really play here He points out that even after emancipation the life of the Negro did not change There is much evidence that the northerners and anti slavery movement were not pro NegroAfter the Nat Turner slave Tunnel Through Time revolution and the brutal slave Game of Bimbofication, Part 3 revolt on the island of Santo Domingo southern slave owners had good Game of Bimbofication, Part 2 reason to fear slave insurrections Then the John Brown attempt at Harpers Ferry led southerners to believe northern abolitionists were encouraging slaves to Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions, Vol. 1 of 5 revolt The author spends some time dealing with John Brown who following his attempt at Harpers Ferry was praised in the North but given the atrocities that were visited upon the slaves following his attempt he deserves our condemnationThe book is The Fatima Century reminiscence of old school history books it was published in 1977 There is a uote on the cover of the book by Eric Foner calling it history in the grand tradition It is heavily footnoted and I found these somewhat disruptive to the flow of the narrative however occasionally Leah Starrs Revenge reading certain ones added important informationMuch is made of the Compromise of 1850 Included in this compromise was the Fugitive Slave Act This part of the compromise inflamed the passions of many in the North especially the abolitionists This leads to a discussion of the Underground Railway There is evidence that the count of the slaves Pieces 8 (Pieces, rescued this way was exaggerated However the compromise did give the North a chance to prepare for a war they were unprepared forThere is an interesting account of Uncle Tom s Cabin the book said to have been Time Flies and Other Short Plays responsible for the Civil War The author Drawing Dead (Faolan OConnor Book 1) rights politics were also pushing the manifest destiny policy Their desire to acuire Cuba Mexico and Nicaragua was ironic given the fact they did not want the United States government in their own statesA chapter on Bleeding Kansas asks why the pro slavery faction fought for an area into which there were no plans or at least very little for slaves This seemed to be a policy they followed which gave them small victories but lost the battle for the public s sympathy There was one interesting event which I must mention given our current administration Late in the Buchanan administration saw the first congressional investigation into some of the activities of administrative officials The Democratic party had voted large appropriations to groups expected to then make large contributions to the party The Secretary of War favored friends with government contracts and President Buchanan denied an event for which there was proof of his approval Any of this sound familiar One of the interesting chapters was The Nature of Southern Separation Although the Trails & Tales of Yosemite & the Central Sierra rest of the book is largely a history of events this chapter is of an essay albeit a long one on Southern Nationalism The philosophies of the southerners Chinas Son regarding how to protect their culture and institutions are examined The main issue is whether these can be protected within or without the UnionThe John Lewis uote above advises Welcome to the Desert of the Real reading history to understand the path taken by the African Americans in the uest for euality in this country This book is a huge contribution to that understanding Seventy five years after the end of World War II the nazi swastika is generally considered a symbol of hate and is unacceptable for public display Over 150 years after the end of the Civil War we are now arguing about the appropriateness of public displays of the confederate flag confirming Lewis statement that this struggle has been going on for a long time The Civil War did far to produce a southern nationalism which flourished in the cult of the Lost Cause then southern nationalism did to produce the war page 469


10 thoughts on “The Impending Crisis 1848 1861

  1. says:

    “Slavery presented an inescapable ethical uestion which precipitated a sharp conflict of values It constituted a vast economic interestThe stakes were large in the rivalry of slavery and freedom for ascendancy in the territories Also slavery

  2. says:

    David Potter died before this book was published so all the success and praise including a Pulitzer Prize could only be received posthumously It is however a magnificent work that captures the over a decade period that was l

  3. says:

    You must also study and learn the lessons of history because humanity has been involved in this soul wrenching existential struggle for a very long time uoted from A final message from John Lewis published in The New York Times short

  4. says:

    I would love to give Potter’s book than 3 stars but this was a book that I struggled to read despite enjoying it Unlike most books

  5. says:

    A clear rich history of the lead up to the Civil War Potter begins with the debate over the Wilmot Proviso and ends with the first shots at Fort Sumter and clearly presents all of the economic social and political aspects of the sectional conflict in between with the most emphasis on the latter All of Potter’s arguments are soli

  6. says:

    Even a Pulitzer Prize can date a little Great book though probably not as modern as academic concerns currently are preoccupied with Nonetheless it threads the needle between the Mexican War that clearly escalated the slavery crisis through the Compromise of 1850 to the Kansas Nebraska Act to the declarations of succession It's em

  7. says:

    This is an amazing book It took me a long time to read because each page contains a wealth of information and it's not something you can just breeze through if you're truly interested in the subject I've been reading about the Civil War for almost 60 years now but have always been neglectful of material dealing with the 1850s This volume cured that There are several rather dry chapters on the political comprom

  8. says:

    This is just an excellent and highly readable account of the period leading up to the Civil War It is a political history of the country during that period; it doesn't cover social cultural or economic developme

  9. says:

    focuses on nationalism vs sectionalism I would put emphasis on either ideology or material economic factors driving the wedge The focus is mostly on the political arena in congress and sausage making legislation while impor

  10. says:

    Reading Reconstruction America's Unfinished Revolution 1863 1877 by Eric Foner has reminded me of all the gaps in my knowledge of this critical period in US history This looks like a splendid overview of key events in the years just before the