The Road to Disunion: Volume I: Secessionists at Bay, 1776-1854

William W. Freehling, Author Oxford University Press, USA $37.5 (656p) ISBN 978-0-19-505814-7
This major work of scholarship by the author of Prelude to the Civil War offers an intimate look at the Old South and describes how the slavery issue led to successive collisions between ``private despotism and public democracy.'' The book also provides a detailed account of how slavery functioned. Freehling's sweeping narrative traces national crises that led to secession: the Missiouri Compromise, the annexation of Texas, the Compromise Act of 1850, the Kansas-Nebraska Act. Such figures as Andrew Jackson, John C. Calhoun, Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln stride vigorously through these pages. The study, which contributes importantly to our understanding of the causes of the Civil War, will interest readers with its brilliant evocation of the antebellum South. Illustrations. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 08/29/1990
Release date: 09/01/1990
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