America in 1857

Stampp's intensely focused look at this pivotal year illuminates the forces at work and the mood of the nation as it plummeted toward disaster.

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Author: Kenneth M. Stampp

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199879472

Category: History

Page: 416

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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-Mormon governor 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 antislavery majority, 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 and his 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 outrageous political 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 to a 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 plummeted toward disaster.

Germans to America

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Author: Ira A. Glazier

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015018310121

Category: German Americans

Page: 720

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Stanton

4, 1857, in Curtis, Life of James Buchanan, 2:189; Stanton to Alfred Taylor, Mar. ... 9, 1857) (Douglas); Johannsen, Stephen A. Douglas, 576–631; Nevins, The Emergence of Lincoln, 1:250–301; Stampp, America in 1857, 295–322.

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Author: Walter Stahr

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781476739304

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 768

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"Of the crucial men close to President Lincoln, Secretary of War Edwin Stanton (1814-1869) was the most powerful and controversial. Stanton raised, armed, and supervised the army of a million men who won the Civil War. He organized the war effort. He directed military movements from his telegraph office, where Lincoln literally hung out with him ... Now with this worthy complement to the enduring library of biographical accounts of those who helped Lincoln preserve the Union, Stanton honors the indispensable partner of the sixteenth president"--

History of Central America

Francisco S. Astaburuaga , Repúblicas de Centro - América , o Idea de su Historia y de su Estarlo actual . Santiago ( Chile ) , 1857 , 8vo , map , dedic . , and 116 pp . The author of this work held a diplomatic mission froin Chile to ...

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Author: Hubert Howe Bancroft

Publisher:

ISBN: HARVARD:HN2X5T

Category: Central America

Page:

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The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft History of Central America

Francisco S. Astuburuaga , Repúblicas de Centro - América , o Idea de su Iistoria y de su Estado actunl . Santiago ( Chile ) , 1857 , 8vo , map , dedic . , and 116 pp . The author of this work held a diplomatic mission from Chile to ...

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Author: Hubert Howe Bancroft

Publisher:

ISBN: UCSD:31822035075720

Category: British Columbia

Page:

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History of Door County Wisconsin

1857. August Hemple , farmer ; born Prussia 1851 ; came to America 1857 ; married Ulreka Miller 1874 ; has three children . 1857. Thomas Goodletson , farmer ; born Norway 1816 ; came to America 1853 ; married Kjesten Peterson 1842 ...

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Author: Charles I. Martin

Publisher:

ISBN: WISC:89060711025

Category: Door County (Wis.)

Page: 136

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Charles Martin's 1881 history of Door County, Wisconsin, provides a brief survey of the early history of the county, as well as descriptions of the towns of Washington, Otumba (Sturgeon Bay), Forestville, Gibralter, Chambers' Island, Brussels, Liberty Grove, Clay Banks, Nasewaupee, Sevastopol, Bailey’s Harbor, Gardner, Union, and Jacksonport. Brief biographical sketches of county residents and a county business directory are included.

Colburn s United Service Magazine and Naval and Military Journal

E. S. Sotheby , Ajax , 60 , screw , Captain E. Heathcote , 1852 , C.B. , 1850 , North America and West Indies Coast Guard Cordelia , 11 , screw , Com . F. A. Hume ( acting ) Alacrity , 4 , sc . , Com . J. K. E. Baird , 1857 , Australia ...

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ISBN: KBNL:KBNL03000251592

Category: Military art and science

Page:

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Frederic Church

... 16. and Journeys in America, England, France and Italy from the Travel Writings of Henry James, ed. Morton Dauwen Zabel (New York: Doubleday Anchor Books, 1958), 88, 90–91. 8. “Fine Arts: Church's Niagara,” Albion, May 2, 1857, 213.

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Author: Jennifer Raab

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300208375

Category: Art

Page: 236

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A reconsideration of Church's works offering a sustained examination of the aesthetics of detail that fundamentally shaped 19th-century American landscape painting.