Charles Sumner and the Coming of the Civil War

Charles Sumner and the Coming of the Civil War

by David Donald

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The Puliter-Prize winning classic and national bestseller returns!

In this brilliant biography—a Pulitzer Prize—winning national bestseller—David Herbert Donald, Harvard professor emeritus, traces Sumner's life as the nation careens toward civil war. In a period when senators often exercised more influence than presidents, Senator Charles Sumner was one of the most powerful forces in the American government and remains one of the most controversial figures in American history. His uncompromising moral standards made him a lightning rod in an era fraught with conflict.

Sumner's fight to end slavery made him a hero in the North and stirred outrage in the South. In what has been called the first blow of the Civil War, he was physically attacked by a colleague on the Senate floor. Unwavering and arrogant, Sumner refused to abandon the moral high ground, even if doing so meant the onslaught of the nation's most destructive war. He used his office and influence to transform the United States during the most contentious and violent period in the nation's history.

Charles Sumner and the Coming of the Civil War presents a remarkably different view of our bloodiest war through an insightful reevaluation of the man who stood at its center.

"A truly perceptive study."

American Heritage

"Few books can be recommended wholeheartedly to the specialist and the general reader alike. This one can."

New York Times Book Review

"[Full of] Donald's unparalleled knowledge and provocative interpretations."

James M. McPherson, New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402241574
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 03/01/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 621,374
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

David Herbert Donald is the Charles Warren Professor of American History at Harvard University. He has written over thirty books, including "Lincoln," (1996) which has sold well over 70,000 copies since 2002, and 9,078 copies in 2007 alone, and the Pulitzer-Prize winning "Look Homeward: A Life of Thomas Wolfe."

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