||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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R.U.L.: QP401.D2 1994
P:$8.50+ca-tx (W???'s Books, North of Palo Alto, about 1/98)
R.U.L.: QP395.N486 1996
Proceedings of a forum organized in Paris in 1994 by the Fondation Ipsen.
American (pirated as usual? edition) Elements of agricultural chemistry, in a course of lectures for the Board of agriculture. Philadelphia: Published by John Conrad & co. Philadelphia: Fielding Lucas, jr. Baltimore: Robert Gray, Alexandria: and William F. Gray, Fredericksburg, (Vir.) ... 1815.
First (London) edition: Elements of agricultural chemistry, in a course of lectures for the Board of agriculture. London, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown; [etc., etc.] 1813.
(Source: Rutgers U. Library Online Catalogue)
Read by Edmund Ruffin in 1817, it helped inspire his early career as an agricultural reformer. (Source: Mitchell, Ruffin, p13)
Read: winter 97/98. Link to some remarks in Journal 11/98.
DeBow was an important proponent of southern nationalism or seccession, mentioned in the book The Fire-eaters
21 volumes plus later published addenda. Indispensable
P:$1.00+nj-tx; SBS 11/20/98
R.U.L.: HF5459.U6D6 1964
A very thorough account of the Yankee Peddler and his world, including the roads he travelled on, the factories that made the goods, ... Profusely illustrated, mostly with prints from the period. Probably more on the popular than scholarly side.
Traces the pre-civil war part of Sumner's life; his education, travels in Europe, his legal scholarship, becoming a peace, and later anti-slavery activist; the sudden elevation to the Senate of this idealist who had never held office; his slashing attacks on slavery in the Senate; his severe caning by Preston S. Brooks, and his long recovery from injuries. Much analysis is given to the reactions, both north and south, to the caning, and to more or less dispelling the notion (popular in the south in those days, and held by some later historians), that Sumner was malingering and could not have been injured so very badly. Donald consulted medical experts, and came up with a conclusion about the nature of Sumner's chronic troubles after the caning.
A collection of essays by the author, including "A. Lincoln, Politician", "Refighting the Civil War", "Abraham Lincoln and the American Pragmatic Tradition", "Abraham Lincoln: Whig in the White House".
A life of William, or "Billy" Herndon, Lincoln's law partner, who wrote a book often referred to as "Herndon's Lincoln". He feuded with Mary Lincoln, collected the biggest library in Springfield and helped bring the Lyceum to town, drank, and joined temperance societies, and late in life, stormed over the postumous prettification of Lincoln, and then, to some extent, made up his own sort of romatic Lincoln.
Has been referenced in many studies published since it was written. An attempt at summarizing the thesis:
A tracing of steps towards "a sentimental society and the beginnings of modern mass culture". Among the reactions to the disestablishment of religion in America was the liberal non-evangelical tendency which led away from direct confrontation ("You're headed for Hell - now what are you gong to do about that?"), toward the attempt, through gentle "influence" to lead people to a new genteel sort of Christianity. The style of pleasant, nonconfrontational persuasion was, at the same time, adopted by a large segment of middle-class women, who were themselves "disestablished", as the home beceme no longer a sphere of action, but a "retreat" from the harsh business world.
The result was sentimentalization of femininity and liberal religion -- a pandering to the desire to be adrift in a sea of pleasant sentiments, which has led to a culture in which we think less, and are more easily, subliminally, manipulated.
P: $1.00+nj-tx; SBS 11/20/98
A specialized, 1-vol biographical dictionary.
This is a one-volume work of 1019 pages; I don't know if it is a predecessor of the DAB which is in such common use today.
KEYWORDS: ownit; hist:US-New_England; folklore
R.U.L. (ALCHL) F73.7.D77
New illustrated ed., with an account of "Cole's inn," "The Baker's arms," and "Golden ball," by Walter K. Watkins; also a list of taverns, giving the names of the various owners of the property, from Miss Thwing's work on "The inhabitants and estates of the town of Boston, 1630-1800,"
Basically a 400+ page guided historic tour of the streets of Boston, with over 100 illustrations.
KEYWORDS: ownit; Boston; illustrations:100+
Solomon, Barbara Miller, editor
A 4-volume work which is probably by far the best general guide to the towns of New England and New York, as they existed around 1810.
P:44,(m/o:Twice Told Books, Louisville KY,5/31/98)
7-IIH (Dwight, T. History of the Hartford convention) IIH (Dwight, T. History of the Hartford convention)
Theodore Dwight, brother of Timothy, was the secretary of the Hartford Convention, and naturally, writes to justify it.
Copyright 1998 by Hal Morris, Secaucus, NJ
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