American Mobbing, 1828-1861: Toward Civil War by David Grimsted

American Mobbing, 1828-1861: Toward Civil War

byDavid Grimsted

Hardcover | March 1, 1998

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American Mobbing, 1828-1861: Toward Civil War is a comprehensive history of mob violence related to sectional issues in antebellum America. David Grimsted argues that, though the issue of slavery provoked riots in both the North and the South, the riots produced two different reactions fromauthorities. In the South, riots against suspected abolitionists and slave insurrectionists were widely tolerated as a means of quelling anti-slavery sentiment. In the North, both pro-slavery riots attacking abolitionists and anti-slavery riots in support of fugitive slaves provoked reluctant butoften effective riot suppression. Hundreds died in riots in both regions, but in the North, most deaths were caused by authorities, while in the South more than 90 percent of deaths were caused by the mobs themselves. These two divergent systems of violence led to two distinct public responses. In the South, widespread rioting quelled public and private questioning of slavery; in the North, the milder, more controlled riots generally encouraged sympathy for the anti-slavery movement. Grimsted demonstrates that inthese two distinct reactions to mob violence, we can see major origins of the social split that infiltrated politics and political rioting and that ultimately led to the Civil War.

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David Grimsted is at University of Maryland, College Park.
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Title:American Mobbing, 1828-1861: Toward Civil WarFormat:HardcoverDimensions:392 pages, 9.02 × 6.42 × 1.1 inPublished:March 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. 1835: The Year of Violent Indecision2. Riots Hatching Resistance: Against Abolitionists and in Aid of Fugitive Slaves3. The Peculiar Institution of Southern Violence4. White Fears: Silencing Questions5. Black Fears: Repressing Dark Realities6. "Times That Tried Men's Bodies": The Manly Sport of American Politics7. The Mobs of the Second Party System8. Trying to Forget Slavery: Nativism and New Riots9. Bleeding Majoritarianism: The Sectional Mod Systems Meet, Mingle, and Mangle10. Vintage Violence

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"Every scholarly library should have this book. It is encyclopedic and vigorously researched... Correct in arguing that rioting played a major role in driving the nation to civil war." Law and History Review