David M. Potter's Pulitzer Prize-winning The Impending Crisis is the definitive history of antebellum America. Potter's sweeping epic masterfully charts the chaotic forces that climaxed with the outbreak of the Civil War: westward expansion, the divisive issue of slavery, the Dred Scott decision, John Brown's uprising, the ascension of Abraham Lincoln, and the drama of Southern succession. Now available in a new edition, The Impending Crisis remains one of the most celebrated works of American historical writing.
If you are a Civil War buff or a student of American history, this book is a must have.
The author maintains that the anti-slavery movement was a 19th century manifestation of the liberal ideas of the Enlightenment and the Great Awakening.
This is book that requires time to absorb; each major topic is discussed with great care to present the context of both sides in the conflict.
An insightful survey of American political history before the Civil War.Published 4 days ago by James Richardson Sprouse
Scholarly history of one of the most turbulent periods of American history. Not light reading, for sure. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Richard Christensen
Wanna know if the civil war was about slavery - or not. This is the book to read. Learn many things you didn't know about the runup to the war. Read morePublished 25 days ago by J. Stoneback
I had to read this book as part of my college level course on the lead up to the Civil War, and frankly, I loved it! Through this work, David M. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Martin Firestein
Not for the casual reader. Very well annotated and readable for history studentsPublished 1 month ago by j preston childs
Even though this books deals with the years prior to the Civil War, it is a required read for anyone wanting to understand not only the events that preceded the Civil War, but the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Fede
I would rate this as one of the most important books I have read. For the first time, I came to an understanding of many of the mysteries of the events that lead to the Civil War... Read morePublished 5 months ago by givbatam3
Lovely book, highly footnoted. However, he is too cowardly to state anything bluntly, no matter how much evidence for it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mark D. Curran