Border War: Fighting over Slavery before the Civil War

Border War: Fighting over Slavery before the Civil War

by Stanley Harrold


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

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ISBN-13: 9781469606859
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 02/01/2013
Series: Civil War America
Edition description: 1
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 691,442
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Stanley Harrold is professor of history at South Carolina State University.

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Writing with admirable clarity and passion, Harrold vividly re-creates the violent and chaotic decade of the 1850s. Harrold's devastating portrait of a nation already at war along the contested border should appeal to all readers of history. His research, both archival and secondary, is exceptional.—Douglas R. Egerton, Le Moyne College

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