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Border war : fighting over slavery before the Civil War / Stanley Harrold.

By: Harrold, Stanley.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Civil War America (Series): Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2010]Copyright date: ©2010Description: xvi, 292 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780807834312 (cloth : alk. paper); 0807834319 (cloth : alk. paper).Subject(s): United States. Fugitive Slave Law (1850) | Slavery -- United States -- History -- 19th century | Antislavery movements -- United States -- History -- 19th century | Fugitive slaves -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States | Slavery -- United States -- Legal status of slaves in free states | Slavery -- Law and legislation -- United States | Border States (U.S. Civil War) | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- CausesDDC classification: 973.6
Contents:
Introduction : perception of war -- Early clashes -- Fear and reaction in the border South -- Southern aggression in the lower North -- Interstate diplomacy -- Fighting against slavery in the lower North -- The struggle for the border South -- Fighting over the fugitive slave law of 1850 -- Pressure on the border South increases -- From border war to Civil War.
Summary: Noted historian Harrold examines the nation's fight over slavery that occurred before the Civil War.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Introduction : perception of war -- Early clashes -- Fear and reaction in the border South -- Southern aggression in the lower North -- Interstate diplomacy -- Fighting against slavery in the lower North -- The struggle for the border South -- Fighting over the fugitive slave law of 1850 -- Pressure on the border South increases -- From border war to Civil War.

Noted historian Harrold examines the nation's fight over slavery that occurred before the Civil War.

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Library Journal Review

Bleeding Kansas may be well known, but the fuller extent of pre-Civil War border violence is likely to surprise many readers. There were raids across all the border states, in both directions, for two decades before secession. There were hotbeds of abolitionist and proslavery strife in Maryland and Kentucky, for instance, as well as Virginia, Missouri, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. Harrold (history, South Carolina State Univ.) covers the many fights across these North-South borders, as well as newspaper writing that fanned the flames on both sides. A good addition to all Civil War collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

Harrold (South Carolina State Univ.), noted author on abolitionism (e.g., The Rise of Aggressive Abolitionism, CH, Nov'04, 42-1762), analyzes how politics and slavery were intertwined in the border regions along the "upper South" and "lower North." He argues that the Civil War began in this region long before Fort Sumter, characterized by sectional violence born by anti-abolitionist mobs or citizens determined to stop the kidnapping of northern blacks. What created such friction was the hybrid culture of the "border free states" and "border slave states" created by shared economic, geographical, and cultural factors and the mixture of free blacks and enslaved blacks in the same general region. Loyalties were often porous, as northern "men of property and standing" opposed abolitionism because it threatened commercial ties with the South. Other northerners tired of southern ruffians ransacking their homes or kidnapping long-standing respected black members of the community. Curiously missing from Harrold's analysis is the role of churches in this region, which were as conflicted as the political culture. In conclusion, this work forces historians to reconsider the fault lines of the origins of the Civil War and promises new directions for research. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. M. S. Hill Gordon College

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