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The Resource America in 1857 : a nation on the brink, Kenneth M. Stampp

America in 1857 : a nation on the brink, Kenneth M. Stampp

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America in 1857 : a nation on the brink
Title
America in 1857
Title remainder
a nation on the brink
Statement of responsibility
Kenneth M. Stampp
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
It was a year packed with unsettling events. The Panic of 1857 closed every bank in New York City, ruined thousands of businesses, and caused widespread unemployment among industrial workers. The Mormons in Utah Territory threatened rebellion when federal troops approached with a non-Mormongovernor to replace Brigham Young. The Supreme Court outraged northern Republicans and abolitionists with the Dred Scott decision ("a breathtaking example of judicial activism"). And when a proslavery minority in Kansas Territory tried to foist a proslavery constitution on a large antislaverymajority, President Buchanan reneged on a crucial commitment and supported the minority, a disastrous miscalculation which ultimately split the Democratic party in two. In America in 1857, eminent American historian Kenneth Stampp offers a sweeping narrative of this eventful year, covering all the major crises while providing readers with a vivid portrait of America at mid-century. Stampp gives us a fascinating account of the attempt by William Walker andhis band of filibusters to conquer Nicaragua and make it a slave state, of crime and corruption, and of street riots by urban gangs such as New York's Dead Rabbits and Bowery Boys and Baltimore's Plug Uglies and Blood Tubs. But the focus continually returns to Kansas. He examines the outrageouspolitical frauds perpetrated by proslavery Kansans, Buchanan's calamitous response and Stephen Douglas's break with the President (a rare event in American politics, a major party leader repudiating the president he helped elect), and the whirl of congressional votes and dramatic debates that led toa settlement humiliating to Buchanan--and devastating to the Democrats. 1857 marked a turning point, at which sectional conflict spun out of control and the country moved rapidly toward the final violent resolution in the Civil War. Stampp's intensely focused look at this pivotal year illuminates the forces at work and the mood of the nation as it plummetedtoward disaster
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Awards note
California Book Awards (nominated), 1992
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Stampp, Kenneth M.
Dewey number
973.6/8
Illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
E436
LC item number
.S78 1990eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • United States
  • HISTORY
  • Politics and government
  • United States
Label
America in 1857 : a nation on the brink, Kenneth M. Stampp
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Publication
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 332-338) and index
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online resource
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  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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62336088
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 388 pages, 10 unnumbered pages of plates)
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780195074819
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
9780195074819
Other physical details
1 map, portraits
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not applicable
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unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)62336088
Label
America in 1857 : a nation on the brink, Kenneth M. Stampp
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 332-338) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
62336088
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 388 pages, 10 unnumbered pages of plates)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780195074819
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
9780195074819
Other physical details
1 map, portraits
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)62336088

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