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Border War : Fighting over Slavery before the Civil War

By: Harrold, Stanley.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, 2010Description: 1 online resource (311 p.).ISBN: 9780807899557.Subject(s): Antislavery movements -- United States -- History -- 19th century | Border States (U.S. Civil War) | Fugitive slaves -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States | Slavery -- Law and legislation -- United States | Slavery -- United States -- History -- 19th century | Slavery -- United States -- Legal status of slaves in free states | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Causes | United States. Fugitive slave law (1850)Genre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Border War : Fighting over Slavery before the Civil WarDDC classification: 973.6 | 973.7112 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Contents; Preface; Introduction Perception of War; 1 Early Clashes; 2 Fear and Reaction in the Border South; 3 Southern Aggression in the Lower North; 4 Interstate Diplomacy; 5 Fighting against Slavery in the Lower North; 6 The Struggle for the Border South; 7 Fighting over the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850; 8 Pressure on the Border South Increases; 9 From Border War to Civil War; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary: 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 it comprised, and its role in the complex dynamics leading to the Civil War. Border War</
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Contents; Preface; Introduction Perception of War; 1 Early Clashes; 2 Fear and Reaction in the Border South; 3 Southern Aggression in the Lower North; 4 Interstate Diplomacy; 5 Fighting against Slavery in the Lower North; 6 The Struggle for the Border South; 7 Fighting over the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850; 8 Pressure on the Border South Increases; 9 From Border War to Civil War; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index

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 it comprised, and its role in the complex dynamics leading to the Civil War. Border 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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