||Daniel Walker Howe is a fine
and historian of ideas.
From the end of the War of 1812 through the first railroads and telegraphs, the Mexican-American War which shifted America's center of gravity to the slaveowning south. Meanwhile, evangelism, temperance (anti-alcohol) and anti-slavery movements stirred up the country.
|If you haven't read it yet, maybe now is a good time, and guess what, it's a best-seller which means Amazon is discounting it big. Accept no substitutes (esp. from anybody named Beck).|
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"Pioneer life in Early Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Lexington, Louisville, and St. Louis".
It appeared in 3 distinct editions from Sept. 28, 1829, when 1st published through March 6, 1830 (Walker died in Aug. 6, 1830). (Sources: Hinks, To Awaken My Afflicted Brethren; Garrison, W.P. and F.J., Garrison, p160-161, which gives the 3/6 date for the 3rd edition, and says, apparently wrongly that he died on 6/2). The printing, in 1848, of an edition by Henry Highland Garnet, was another interesting event.
biography of Chang and Eng, the "Siamese Twins".
NYPL: JFE 92-8898
A "group portrait" of a half-dozen men who were instrumental in steering southern thought towards secession.
P:$1.00+nj-tx; SBS 11/20/98 (Vol 1 only)
R.U.L.: E164.B8917 1970
(Translated from French)
An anti-racist novel by Frank Webb, an African-American, set in Philadelphia; published in Britain in 1857; not published in the U.S. until 112 years later.
Source: p118, Ignatiev, How the Irish Became White.
Useful for quick fact-checking.
Weed speaks of Van Buren admiringly, suggesting he may provide reasonably objective assessments of fellow politicians, including opponents (like MVB).
Cited in many studies of the time, including Cole, MVB
R.U.L.: E445.M3 W45 1997
The commercial boom in early national Baltimore brought in thousands from the countryside, many bringing slaves who would be hired out by the day or year.
In the early part of the period -- shortly after the revolution, there was stronger sentiment for manumission than at other times in the south. The doctrines of liberty seemed fresh and compelling, and the slave interests had not begun to create tough defenses against it.
Conditions of slavery in Baltimore: Proximity (by land and water) to northern states, made it difficult to keep slaves from running away. Work requirements were unlike those of the countryside. There was more demand for skill and judgement (illustrated, esp. in the Maryland Chemical Works), and conditions not conducive to minute oversight -- scattered workers; night work; difficulty of determining compliance by observable results.
These conditions helped motivate new strategies of dealing with slaves, including the "carrot" approach of delayed emancipation under condition of good behavior; letting slaves "buy themselves" with a part of earnings -- the other part kept by the owner.
A meditation on many facets of the context of the Gettysburg Address. An exciting and thought-provoking book, according to my recollection.
A peace-promoting publication by the writer or editor, later, of The Friend of Peace, who was also a Unitarian Minister.
A version of Isaac Watts classic Calvinist Hymnal. The Autobiography of Lyman Beecher, p112, in discussing their own musical innovations, comments that it "still weighs down the psalmody of some antediluvian districts like a nightmare".
Copyright 1998 by Hal Morris, Secaucus, NJ
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