Border War: Fighting over Slavery before the Civil War - Civil War America (Paperback)
  • Border War: Fighting over Slavery before the Civil War - Civil War America (Paperback)

Border War: Fighting over Slavery before the Civil War - Civil War America (Paperback)

Paperback 312 Pages / Published: 01/02/2013
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During the 1840s and 1850s, a dangerous ferment afflicted the North-South border region, pitting the slave states of Maryland, Virginia, Kentucky, and Missouri against the free states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. Aspects of this struggle--the underground railroad, enforcement of the fugitive slave laws, mob actions, and sectional politics--are well known as parts of other stories. Here, Stanley Harrold explores the border struggle itself, the dramatic incidents that comprised it, and its role in the complex dynamics leading to the Civil War.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9781469606859
Number of pages: 312
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 17 mm
Edition: New edition

Harrold's book is not only informative but provocative.--Indiana Magazine of History

A sobering, meticulously researched and astutely presented historical analysis, highly recommended especially for college library collections.--Midwest Book Review

This work forces historians to reconsider the fault lines of the origins of the Civil War and promises new directions for research. Highly recommended.--Choice

[Border War] is a solid, detailed narrative of the violent conflict that developed along the border between the North and South in the decades before the Civil War.--The Annals of Iowa

This is a unique book and one that is necessary to read if you want to understand politics prior to the war.--TOCWOC: A Civil War Blog

In Border War, Stanley Harrold cements his reputation as one of the leading scholars of sectional tensions in the antebellum and Civil War eras. . . . A must read for historians of the middle nineteenth century.--Tennessee Historical Quarterly

Stanley Harrold has written an excellent book that is sure to prompt debate and additional research. It will be required reading for historians of the slavery controversy in the United States.--Civil War Book Review

The impressive research in Border War raises a theme that historians must confront.--Journal of Illinois History

Border War is a must-have for anyone seeking to understand the small-scale underlying fights that snowballed the Civil War. . . . Textbooks and many leading historical works leave gaps by portraying the sweeping movements, but Harrold fills in the details without which a true and thorough understanding of the slavery issue and the Civil War is impossible.--Virginia Libraries

[This book] should immediately be standard reading for all historians of antebellum America.--Journal of Southern History

Harrold is at his best when he discusses how, when, and why the violence occurred, and its impact on the ongoing struggle." --The North Carolina Historical Review

Scholars of nineteenth-century America generally, and the Civil War era specifically, would benefit greatly from adding Border War to their collections.--Arkansas Historical Quarterly

Offers a refreshing perspective on disunion by examining the tensions in the North-South borderland. . . [and] sheds new light on how the slave states sought to protect their peculiar institution.--West Virginia History

Fast-paced, lucid, and well-researched.--American Historical Review

This book is important in understanding the intense feelings on both sides of the conflict that help lead to the start of our American Civil War. . . . Excellent.--Lone Star Book Review

An excellent addition to the literature on causes of the Civil War.--Journal of NC Association of Historians

Harrold makes impressive use of newspapers and manuscript sources. His engaging study should appeal to students of many historical subjects." --Journal of American History

[This book] can help those trying to develop a better understanding of the issues that led to secession. . . . Highly recommended.--Blue & Gray Magazine

A welcome exploration of the volatile decades of sectional strife that preceded the Civil War.--Canadian Journal of History

A good addition to all Civil War collections.--Library Journal

This provocative book . . . will receive its share of attention.--Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

Relying on an impressive array of archival and secondary sources, Harrold reconfigures the Underground Railroad into a complex series of events.--Kansas History

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