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    “Slavery presented an inescapable ethical uestion which precipitated a sharp conflict of values It constituted a vast economic interestThe stakes were large in the rivalry of slavery and freedom for ascendancy in the territories Also slavery

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    David Potter died before this book was published so all the success and praise including a Pulitzer Prize could only be received posthumously It is however a magnificent work that captures the over a decade period that was leading up to the C

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    You must also study and learn the lessons of history because humanity has been involved in this soul wrenching existential struggle for a very long time uoted from A final message from John Lewis published in The New York Times shortly before his death on July 17 2020Hindsight the historian’s chief asset and his main liability has enabled all historical writers to know that the decade of the fifties termina

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    I would love to give Potter’s book than 3 stars but this was a book that I struggled to read despite enjoying it Unlike most books it took me months to read this one I kept finding reasons to put off reading itOne of the reasons was simply the appearance of the book You know how you sometimes pick up a 250 page book and thinks

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    A clear rich history of the lead up to the Civil War Potter begins with the debate over the Wilmot Proviso and ends with the first shots at Fort Sumter and clearly presents all of the economic social and political aspects of the sectional conflict in between with the most emphasis on the latter All of Potter’s arguments are solidly backed upInterestingly Potter deals with the era as people saw it as the time meaning he often covers issue

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    Even a Pulitzer Prize can date a little Great book though probably not as modern as academic concerns currently are preoccupied with Nonetheless it threads the needle between the Mexican War that clearly escalated the slavery crisis through the Compromise of 1850 to the Kansas Nebraska Act to the declarations of succession It's eminently readable for such a potentially dense subject and is probably still the book on this era If y

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    This is an amazing book It took me a long time to read because each page contains a wealth of information and it's not something you can just breeze through if you're truly interested in the subject I've been reading about the Civil War for almost 60 years now but have always been neglectful of material dealing with the 1

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    This is just an excel

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    focuses on nationalism vs sectionalism I would put emphasis on either ideology or material economic factors driving the wedge The focus is mostly on the political arena in congress and sausage making legislation while important on the surface politics is moved by sentiments of populations which in turn is driven by the material factors that go into such sentiments So while this book puts the headlines in congress and events in

  10. says:

    Reading Reconstruction America's Unfinished Revolution 1863 1877 by Eric Foner has reminded me of all the gaps in my knowledge of this critical period in US history This looks like a splendid overview of key events in the years just before the war

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The Impending Crisis 1848 1861

“David M Potter’s magisterial The Impending Crisis is the single best account to date of the coming of the Civil War” Civil War History“The magnum opus of a great American historian” NewsweekNow in a new edition Slavery presented an inescapable ethical uestion which precipitated a sharp conflict of values It constituted a vast economic interestThe stakes were large in the rivalry of slavery and freedom for ascendancy in the territories Also slavery was basic to the cultural divergence of North and South because it was inextricably fused into the key elements of southern life the staple crop and plantation system the social and political ascendancy of the planter class the authoritarian system of social control Similarly slavery shaped southern economic features in such a way as to accentuate their clash with those of the North The southern commitment to the use of slave labor inhibited economic diversification and industrialization and strengthened the tyranny of King Cotton David Potter The Impending Crisis 1848 1861David Potter s sweeping epic and award winning The Impending Crisis presents a long look at America from the end of the Mexican American War in 1848 to the bombardment of Fort Sumter in 1861 It tells the story of how the suppurating wound of slavery finally infected the whole of the United States causing a rupture that resulted in a bloody four year war decades of legalized racism and enormous efforts on behalf of civil rights activists to even begin to heal The work of course is still not done In trying to see a way forward it is often helpful to use the past as a guide if for no other reason than to help define the problem To that end for anyone seeking a fuller picture of how things came to be as they are with regard to race in America The Impending Crisis is indispensable reading It provides both wide coverage and sharp analysis as it traces the role of slavery in antebellum American politics and how that all culminated in a war we are still trying to resolve The Impending Crisis begins with the apotheosis of early American nationalism As we open General Winfield Scott s invading army has already demolished the Mexican forces in its path marched into Mexico City and forced Mexico to sign a treaty ceding enormous tracts of land in exchange for cash In a way the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo turned into a poisoned chalice No sooner had America received the deed of title than the issue of slavery whether these newly acuired lands would be free or not rose with an uncontrolled ferocity The issue which had been patched over since the signing of the Constitution could no longer be ignored As Potter notes David Wilmot set the limits of the uestion with his famous proviso banning slavery in these new territories The resulting firestorm saw nationalism give way to sectionalism and sectionalism to secession In these tumultuous years Potter devotes space to the Compromise of 1850 the saga of Bleeding Kansas and the failed revolt at Harper s Ferry He traces the metamorphosis of the various political parties as northern and southern Democrats split the Whigs died and the Republican Party was born from the ashes of various other single issue parties Potter follows Stephen Douglas as his attempts to secure a western railroad leads him to make dangerous political calculations He touches on the Fugitive Slave Act and Dred Scott and follows Lincoln and Douglas during their famous debates There s even room given to attempts to annex Cuba in order to facilitate the spread of slavery to hospitable climes The filibusterer William Walker deserves his own updated biography This is a comprehensive book but it approaches its many topics from the constrained angle of politics There is a lot of talking but not much action Moreover this is a volume that is heavy on analysis and rather light on narrative Accordingly its prose can be a bit heavy at times as Potter expounds on his concepts The importance of slaveryis evidentin its polarizing effect upon the sections No other sectional factor could have brought about this effect in the same way Culturally the dualism of a democratic North and an aristocratic South was not complete for the North had its uota of blue bloods and grandees who felt an affinity with those of the South and the South had its backwoods democrats who resented the lordly airs of the planters Similarly the glib antithesis of a dynamic commercial North and a static feudal South cannot conceal the profoundly commercial and capitalistic impulses of the plantation system But slavery really had a polarizing effect for the North had no slaveholders at least not of resident slaves and the South had virtually no abolitionistsLooking simply at the prose this is not the kind of wordsmithing that s going to knock your socks off studded as it is with academic phrases much loved by professors It should be noted that Potter died before this book was finished It was completed and edited by Don Fehrenbacher and later won the Pulitzer Prize While this is far from unreadable there are points where The Impending Crisis gets really slow and dense This goes beyond the heaviness of the sentences Specifically you can only discuss the differences between 19th century political parties for so long before it feels necessary to take a break By focusing on the politics the narrative possibilities of say John Brown and Bleeding Kansas are lost This focus also tends to make slavery which is this book s chief subject into something of an abstract concept Potter is concerned with ideas principles competing ideologies he spends no time imagining the actual physical conseuences of slavery which makes some of his statements such as those regarding the Underground Railroad irritatingly glib I would recommend The Half Has Never Been Told and River of Dark Dreams as examples of books that take a different tact focusing on the experiences of the enslaved while sharpening the rhetoricEvery once in a while though Potter or Fehrenbacher will get on a roll and the words take flight and The Impending Crisis becomes magnetic I loved for instance the description of the great debate over the Compromise of 1850 Here for the last time together appeared a triumvirate of old men relics of a golden age who still towered like giants above the creatures of a later time Webster the kind of senator that Richard Wagner might have created at the height of his powers Calhoun the most majestic champion of error since Milton s Satan in Paradise Lost and Clay the old Conciliator who had already saved the Union twice and now came out of retirement to save it with his silver voice and his master touch once again before he diedIf the recent movement to remove monuments relating to slavery have shown us anything it is that while we may be done with the Civil War the Civil War is not done with us In order to understand the years between 1861 1865 and the legacy those years have given us we must study the decades that came before The Impending Crisis can be heavy at times but it is thorough fair and demonstrates with exactitude that all roads to civil war went through slavery Red Tail (Travis Trilogy year war decades of legalized racism and enormous efforts on behalf of civil rights activists to even begin to heal The work of course is still not done In trying to see a way forward it is often helpful to use the past as a guide if for no other reason than to help define the problem To that end for anyone seeking a fuller picture of how things came to be as they are with regard to race in America The Impending Crisis is indispensable reading It provides both wide coverage and sharp analysis as it traces the role of slavery in antebellum American politics and how that all culminated in a war we are still trying to resolve The Impending Crisis begins with the apotheosis of early American nationalism As we open General Winfield Scott s invading army has already demolished the Mexican forces in its path marched into Mexico City and forced Mexico to sign a treaty ceding enormous tracts of land in exchange for cash In a way the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo turned into a poisoned chalice No sooner had America received the deed of title than the issue of slavery whether these newly acuired lands would be free or not rose with an uncontrolled ferocity The issue which had been patched over since the signing of the Constitution could no longer be ignored As Potter notes David Wilmot set the limits of the uestion with his famous proviso banning slavery in these new territories The resulting firestorm saw nationalism give way to sectionalism and sectionalism to secession In these tumultuous Promises in Tumble Creek years Potter devotes space to the Compromise of 1850 the saga of Bleeding Kansas and the failed revolt at Harper s Ferry He traces the metamorphosis of the various political parties as northern and southern Democrats split the Whigs died and the Republican Party was born from the ashes of various other single issue parties Potter follows Stephen Douglas as his attempts to secure a western railroad leads him to make dangerous political calculations He touches on the Fugitive Slave Act and Dred Scott and follows Lincoln and Douglas during their famous debates There s even room given to attempts to annex Cuba in order to facilitate the spread of slavery to hospitable climes The filibusterer William Walker deserves his own updated biography This is a comprehensive book but it approaches its many topics from the constrained angle of politics There is a lot of talking but not much action Moreover this is a volume that is heavy on analysis and rather light on narrative Accordingly its prose can be a bit heavy at times as Potter expounds on his concepts The importance of slaveryis evidentin its polarizing effect upon the sections No other sectional factor could have brought about this effect in the same way Culturally the dualism of a democratic North and an aristocratic South was not complete for the North had its uota of blue bloods and grandees who felt an affinity with those of the South and the South had its backwoods democrats who resented the lordly airs of the planters Similarly the glib antithesis of a dynamic commercial North and a static feudal South cannot conceal the profoundly commercial and capitalistic impulses of the plantation system But slavery really had a polarizing effect for the North had no slaveholders at least not of resident slaves and the South had virtually no abolitionistsLooking simply at the prose this is not the kind of wordsmithing that s going to knock Mischief and Marriage your socks off studded as it is with academic phrases much loved by professors It should be noted that Potter died before this book was finished It was completed and edited by Don Fehrenbacher and later won the Pulitzer Prize While this is far from unreadable there are points where The Impending Crisis gets really slow and dense This goes beyond the heaviness of the sentences Specifically Cold Case, Hot Accomplice (Men of Wolf Creek, you can only discuss the differences between 19th century political parties for so long before it feels necessary to take a break By focusing on the politics the narrative possibilities of say John Brown and Bleeding Kansas are lost This focus also tends to make slavery which is this book s chief subject into something of an abstract concept Potter is concerned with ideas principles competing ideologies he spends no time imagining the actual physical conseuences of slavery which makes some of his statements such as those regarding the Underground Railroad irritatingly glib I would recommend The Half Has Never Been Told and River of Dark Dreams as examples of books that take a different tact focusing on the experiences of the enslaved while sharpening the rhetoricEvery once in a while though Potter or Fehrenbacher will get on a roll and the words take flight and The Impending Crisis becomes magnetic I loved for instance the description of the great debate over the Compromise of 1850 Here for the last time together appeared a triumvirate of old men relics of a golden age who still towered like giants above the creatures of a later time Webster the kind of senator that Richard Wagner might have created at the height of his powers Calhoun the most majestic champion of error since Milton s Satan in Paradise Lost and Clay the old Conciliator who had already saved the Union twice and now came out of retirement to save it with his silver voice and his master touch once again before he diedIf the recent movement to remove monuments relating to slavery have shown us anything it is that while we may be done with the Civil War the Civil War is not done with us In order to understand the Blackmailed Into the Greek Tycoons Bed (International Billionaires, years between 1861 1865 and the legacy those Her Husbands Christmas Bargain years have given us we must study the decades that came before The Impending Crisis can be heavy at times but it is thorough fair and demonstrates with exactitude that all roads to civil war went through slavery

review The Impending Crisis 1848 1861

For the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War David Potter’s Pulitzer Prize winning history of antebellum America offers an indispensible analysis of the causes of the war between the states The Journal of Southern History ca A clear rich history of the lead up to the Civil War Potter begins with the debate over the Wilmot Proviso and ends with the first shots at Fort Sumter and clearly presents all of the economic social and political aspects of the sectional conflict in between with the most emphasis on the latter All of Potter s arguments are solidly backed upInterestingly Potter deals with the era as people saw it as the time meaning he often covers issues that other historians skip over just because they don t directly relate to the sectional crisis He also portrays John Brown s raid as a publicity stunt and his treatment of James Buchanan and Stephen Douglas is rather sympathetic Potter also emphasizes how the South scored many tactical victories in the sectional conflict that later turned out to be strategic defeats An evenhanded consistent history although social and economic history seems to take a relative backseat at times and his downplaying of the Dred Scott case is not entirely convincing

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Lls Potter’s incisive account “modern scholarship’s most comprehensive account of the coming of the Civil War” and the New York Times Book Review hails it as “profound and original History in the grand tradition” focuses on nationalism vs sectionalism I would put emphasis on either ideology or material economic factors driving the wedge The focus is mostly on the political arena in congress and sausage making legislation while important on the surface politics is moved by sentiments of populations which in turn is driven by the material factors that go into such sentiments So while this book puts the headlines in congress and events in general its flaw is it doesn t go deep into the pressures driving it

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  • The Impending Crisis 1848 1861
  • David Morris Potter
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  • 20 October 2019
  • 9781439512470

About the Author: David Morris Potter

David Morris Potter was an American historian of the SouthPotter posthumously won the 1977 Pulitzer Prize for HistoryHis most famous work was published posthumously Do not rely on publication date vs date of death for correct attribution