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By Jonathan Daniel Wells

The Civil battle is among the so much defining eras of yankee heritage, and lots more and plenty has been written on each element of the battle. the amount of fabric to be had is daunting, specially whilst a scholar is making an attempt to understand the final topics of the period.

Jonathan Wells has distilled the conflict down into comprehensible, easy-to-read sections, with lots of maps and illustrations, to aid make experience of the battles and social, political, and cultural alterations of the period. offered here's details on:

  • the domestic front
  • the battles, either within the East and the West
  • the prestige of slaves
  • women’s function within the battle and its aftermath
  • literature and public life
  • international facets of the war
  • and a lot more!

Students also will locate priceless examine aids at the better half site for the e-book. A apartment Divided presents a brief, readable survey of the Civil struggle and the Reconstruction interval later on, focusing not just at the battles, yet on how american citizens lived in the course of a time of serious upheaval within the country’s heritage, and what that legacy has intended to the rustic today.

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After 1815, the Federalists were no longer much of a political force, and for the next fifteen years, from about 1815 to about 1830, the Democratic-Republicans, soon to be known simply as the Democrats, were the only viable party. The election of Democrat Andrew Jackson as president in 1828 helped to focus the political opposition that led to a new party, the Whigs. From the early 1830s through the early 1850s the Democrats and Whigs competed in what scholars call the Second Party System, important for our purposes because during this period the sectional crisis worsened, abolitionism became a political force, and proslavery arguments made their way into national political discourse.

Texas had won its independence from Mexico. Attempts in the late 1830s and early 1840s to annex Texas failed, but fortunes changed when Tennessee Democrat James K. Polk was elected president in 1844. Historian Amy S. Greenberg found that the Democrats had been the loudest proponents of an idea that came to be known as “Manifest Destiny,” that America was destined by God and by nature to occupy North America. “Manifest Destiny” had been popularized in newspapers and magazines by Democratic editors and writers such as John O’Sullivan.

Northern and southern wings of the party split over slavery and western expansion. “Barnburners,” as the more strident Democrats were known, included Gideon Welles, Preston King, and Hannibal Hamlin, all of whom joined Wilmot in supporting his proposal. Conservative or “Hunker” Democrats sought to minimize the conflicts over slavery. Even more dramatic was the white southern reaction to the proviso. Southerners responded with fury, claiming the proviso was an insult to their region. qxd 36 24/10/11 15:50 Page 36 THE SECTIONAL CRISIS, 1830–1850 railed against Wilmot’s proposal.

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