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Union & emancipation : essays on politics and race in the Civil War era

Author: David W Blight; Brooks D Simpson
Publisher: Kent, Ohio : Kent State University Press, 2007.
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"In Union and Emancipation, seven leading historians offer new perspectives on the issues of race and politics in American Society from the antebellum era to the aftermath of Reconstruction. The authors, all trained by Richard H. Sewell at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, address two major themes: the politics of sectional conflict prior to the Civil War, illuminated through ideological and institutional  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David W Blight; Brooks D Simpson
ISBN: 9780873389518 0873389514
OCLC Number: 949874503
Description: x, 231 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The slave power conspiracy revisited: United States presidents and filibustering, 1848-1861 / Robert E. May --
"Freedom and liberty first, and the Union afterwards": state rights and the Wisconsin Republican party, 1854-1861 / Michael J. McManus --
Aging statesmen and the statesmanship of an earlier age: the generational roots of the Constitutional Union party / Peter Knupfer --
Blackface minstrelsy and the construction of race in nineteenth-century America / Louis S. Gerteis --
Who freed the slaves? emancipation and its meaning / Ira Berlin --
Quandaries of command: Ulysses S. Grant and black soldiers / Brooks D. Simpson --
Quarrel forgotten or a revolution remembered? reunion and race in the memory of the Civil War, 1875-1913 / David W. Blight.
Responsibility: edited by David W. Blight and Brooks D. Simpson.

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"In Union and Emancipation, seven leading historians offer new perspectives on the issues of race and politics in American Society from the antebellum era to the aftermath of Reconstruction. The authors, all trained by Richard H. Sewell at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, address two major themes: the politics of sectional conflict prior to the Civil War, illuminated through ideological and institutional inquiry; and the central importance of race, slavery, and emancipation in shaping American political culture and social memory. Contributors consider the national culture, the centrality of the nation-state in understanding American history, the place of race in redefining what it meant to be an American, the way the Civil War helped to redefine the nature of the 'political, ' and of 'citizenship, ' and the significance of political parties through the ideas and interests that motivate them. The collection, with its dual themes of union and emancipation, will provoke debate, offer insight, and challenge recent interpretations of this turbulent period in American history."--Jacket.

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