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Author Bowman, Shearer Davis.

Title At the precipice : Americans north and south during the secession crisis / Shearer Davis Bowman.

Published Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2010]


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Physical description 1 online resource (379 pages) : illustrations, maps.
polychrome rdacc
Series The Littlefield history of the Civil War era.
Littlefield history of the Civil War era.
Books at JSTOR All Purchased.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction and overview -- Slaveholders and slaves, state's rights and revolution -- Honor and degradation : section, race, and gender -- The second party system and its legacy : the careers of John Bell, John C. Breckinridge, Howell Cobb, Stephen A. Douglas, John Tyler, and Martin Van Buren -- Jefferson Davis, Horace L. Kent, and the old south -- Abraham Lincoln, Henry Waller, and the free-labor north -- Keziah Goodwyn Hopkins Brevard and Sojourner Truth : faith, race, and gender -- President Buchanan, the Crittenden Compromise, President Lincoln, and Fort Sumter.
Summary Bowman explores the different ways in which Americans, North and South, black and white, understood their interests, rights, and honor during the secession period. He examines the lives and thoughts of key figures and provides an especially vivid glimpse into what less famous men and women in both sections thought about themselves and the worlds in which they lived, and how their thoughts informed their actions during this time. Both sides glorified the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States, yet they interpreted those sacred documents in markedly different ways and held very different notions of what constituted "American" values.
Other author JSTOR, issuing body.
Subject Secession -- United States -- History.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1849-1861.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Causes.
Electronic books.
Variant Title Americans north and south during the secession crisis.
ISBN 9780807895672