|Publisher:||University of Massachusetts Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.30(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
JOHN L. BROOKE is Warner Woodring Chair and Arts & Sciences Distinguished Professor of History at the Ohio State University.
Table of Contents
List of Figures ix
Preface and Acknowledgments xi
Chronology, 1846-1861 xv
Introduction: Confluence, Creolization, Liminal Crisis, and the Antislavery North 1
Chapter 1 Structures Challenged: The Rise of Abolitionism and Antislavery 23
Chapter 2 Structure Defended: The Compromise of 1850 65
Chapter 3 Liminality Erupting in the First Crisis: Fugitives and the Northern Public 89
Chapter 4 Creative Liminality: Writing and Reading Uncle Tom's Cabin 116
Chapter 5 Transforming Culture: Commercializing Antislavery 159
Chapter 6 Guarantees Violated in the Second Crisis: The Kansas-Nebraska Act 202
Chapter 7 Restructuring Coalescence: Nativism and Antislavery Politics 230
Chapter 8 Confirming and Consolidating New Structures: The Rise of the Republican Party 276
Epilogue Into the War 295
Appendix of Tables 307
Gallery follows page 158.
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This beautifully written, elegantly theorized, and deeply researched book offers a fresh and timely examination of the intertwined political and cultural crises and forces leading to the American Civil War.
It turns out that the publication of Uncle Tom's Cabin did more to establish the Republican Party than the caning of Charles Sumner. By combining the sensitivity of a cultural historian with the savvy of a political historian, John L. Brooke offers us a remarkable, and remarkably persuasive, new account of the emergence of antislavery politics in the early 1850s.