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Daniel Walker Howe is a fine social historian 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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Wade, Richard C. The Urban Frontier (U. Chicago Press, 1968 paperback [c.1959])

"Pioneer life in Early Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Lexington, Louisville, and St. Louis".


Walker, David, Appeal to the Colored Citizens of the World. Ed. Garnet, Henry Highland (New York 1848; 1994 facsimile by James C. Winston Publishing Co., Nashville, TN).

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.


Wallace, Irving and Amy, The Two (New York, Simon and Schuster, 1978)

biography of Chang and Eng, the "Siamese Twins".


Walther, Eric H., The Fire-Eaters, (Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c1992).

NYPL: JFE 92-8898

A "group portrait" of a half-dozen men who were instrumental in steering southern thought towards secession.


Walthers, Raymond Jr.,
Albert Gallatin, Jeffersonian Financier and Diplomat
(U. Pittsberg Press 1969(paperback); prev 1957)

P:0.40,B&N,Burlington,VT,4/98


Warren, Louis A., Lincoln's Youth: Indiana Years, 1816-1830 (Indianapolis 1991 - originally 1959):


Warville, J.P. Brissot de, New Travels in the United States of America, Performed in 1788 ... (NY: Augustus Kelley 1970; Orig: London: J.S. Jordan, 1792) 2 volumes.

P:$1.00+nj-tx; SBS 11/20/98 (Vol 1 only)

R.U.L.:  E164.B8917 1970

(Translated from French)


Webb, Frank J., The Garies and their Friends (Britain 1857; U.S. 1969)

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.


Webster's Biographical Dictionary:

Useful for quick fact-checking.


Weed, Thurlow; Weed, Harriet, ed., Autobiography of Thurlow Weed (Boston 1883)

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


Whitehill, Walter Muir, Boston, A Topographical History (Cambridge MA, 1968):


Whitman, T. Stephen, The Price of Freedom: Slavery and Manumission in Baltimore and Early National Maryland (Univ. Press of Kentucky 1997)

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.


Wills, Garry, Lincoln at Gettysburg - The Words Tha Remade America (Simon and Schuster, 1992):

A meditation on many facets of the context of the Gettysburg Address. An exciting and thought-provoking book, according to my recollection.


Wolf, Stephanie Grauman, Urban Village, Population, Community, and Family Structure in Germantown, PA, 1683-1800. (Princeton U.: 1976)


Worcester, Noah Emerson, A Solemn Review of the Custom of War (1814).

A peace-promoting publication by the writer or editor, later, of The Friend of Peace, who was also a Unitarian Minister.


Worcester, Samuel M., Watts Select (Boston, Crocker & Brewster, 1856).

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".


Wyatt-Brown, Bertrand, Lewis Tappan and the Evangelical War Against Slavery (Case Western Reserve U. Press, 1969; Copyright renewed 1997 by author; republished by Louisianna State U. Press)



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