Disunion! The Coming of the American Civil War, 1789-1859

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INTRODUCTION
1. North American (Philadelphia), as quoted in National Era (Washington, D.C.), January 18, 1849. On the politics of the North American, see Russell F. Weigley, ed., Philadelphia: A 300-Year History (New York: Norton, 1982), 300, 388, 404.
2. On the role of keywords in history, see Raymond Williams, Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society(New York: Oxford University Press, 1976), and Daniel T. Rodgers, Contested Truths: Keywords in American Politics since Independence(New York: Basic Books, 1987). For a model study, see Eric Foner, The Story of American Freedom: The Reality and the Mythic Ideal (New York: Pan Macmillan, 2000).
3. Charles Beard and Mary Beard, The Rise of American Civilization (New York: Macmillan, 1927). For the most influential expressions of the “blundering generation” thesis, see James G. Randall, “The Blundering Generation,” Mississippi Historical Review 27 (June 1940): 3–28, and Avery O. Craven, The Repressible Conflict, 1830–1861 (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1939), and The Coming of the Civil War (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1942).
4. W. E. B. Du Bois, Black Reconstruction: An Essay toward a History of the Part Which Black Folk Played in the Attempt to Reconstruct Democracy in America, 1860–1880 (New York: Russell and Russell, 1935); David W. Blight, Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory (Cambridge: Belknap of Harvard University Press, 2001); James M. McPherson, Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (New York: Oxford University Press, 1988); Eric Foner, Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men: The Ideology of the Republican Party before the Civil War (New York: Oxford University Press, 1970); Bertram Wyatt-Brown, Southern Honor: Ethics and Behavior in the Old South (New York: Oxford University Press, 1982); Bruce Levine, Half Slave and Half Free: The Roots of the Civil War (New York: Hill and Wang, 1992); John Ashworth, Slavery, Capitalism, and Politics in the Antebellum Republic, vol. 1: Commerce and Compromise, 1820–1850 (Cambridge,

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