||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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Inspirational book. Excerpted in Jacksonian Miscellanies #70 (9/22/98).
Books by Jacob Abbott on Amazon (dozens of titles)
Quoted extensively in Gentlemen of Prop..., as a rare true sympathiser with free blacks in the U.S. He is apparently one of the best observers of the many anti-black and anti-abolitionist riots of the Jackson era. He also thought the solution to the American race problem was a thorough mingling of the races - what others would call "mulatization", "amalgamation", or "miscegeny".
A reprint was made in the 60s or 70s by Negro University Press (or something like that).
This is a pretty rare book, and I have only seen it cited by Gentlemen of Prop...
Editions of this work and related works on Amazon (way more than you'd expect).
Cited in Gilje, Road to Mobocracy, p3, 5, incl. quote on p3 "A mobocracy ... is .. a Cerberus gaping with ten thousand throats ... those who, after the calamity, would reconstruct ... pulick liberty, will be scarcely able to find the model of the artificers, or even the ruins."
NYPL: Sc E 86-333
Contains a reprint of
Foote, Julia A. J., A Brand Plucked From the Fire: An Autobiographical Sketch (Cleveland, Ohio, Printed for the author by Lauer & Yost, 1879, and Lauer & Yost as publisher in 1886).
Also biographies of Jarena Lee and Zilpha Elaw
A very accessible set of 20+ books organized by period, containing nothing but period materials, with a few explanatory comments. Its virtue is that it gives a pretty good sampling of newspaper articles, speeches, pamphlets, etc., and it should be found in any decent library (and can often be found cheaply in used book stores).
Lively account of towns on the Ohio and Mississippi, bargaining with Indians and observing their ceremonies and culture, and crossing endless wildernesses. Also, in the later chapters, of society in Philadephia and Washington, DC, where he went to make a report to the Senate, at the beginning of 1830 (a key point in the Nullification controversy; he was there during the Haine-Webster debate, and though he said at most little about the debate itself, he aimed a lot of barbed remarks at the nullifiers). A recent reprint exists (de Capa?).
Copyright 1998 by Hal Morris, Secaucus, NJ
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