Busy in the Cause: Iowa, the Free-State Struggle in the West, and the Prelude to the Civil War by Lowell J. SoikeBusy in the Cause: Iowa, the Free-State Struggle in the West, and the Prelude to the Civil War by Lowell J. Soike

Busy in the Cause: Iowa, the Free-State Struggle in the West, and the Prelude to the Civil War

byLowell J. Soike

Paperback | June 1, 2014

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Despite the immense body of literature about the American Civil War and its causes, the nation’s western involvement in the approaching conflict often gets short shrift. Slavery was the catalyst for fiery rhetoric on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line and fiery conflicts on the western edges of the nation. Driven by questions regarding the place of slavery in westward expansion and by the increasing influence of evangelical Protestant faiths that viewed the institution as inherently sinful, political debates about slavery took on a radicalized, uncompromising fervor in states and territories west of the Mississippi River.

Busy in the Cause explores the role of the Midwest in shaping national politics concerning slavery in the years leading up to the Civil War. In 1856 Iowa aided parties of abolitionists desperate to reach Kansas Territory to vote against the expansion of slavery, and evangelical Iowans assisted runaway slaves through Underground Railroad routes in Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska. Lowell J. Soike’s detailed and entertaining narrative illuminates Iowa’s role in the stirring western events that formed the prelude to the Civil War.

Lowell J. Soike is retired from the State Historical Society of Iowa, where he served as a historian for thirty-six years. He is the author of Without Right Angles: The Round Barns of Iowa and Norwegian-Americans and the Politics of Dissent, 1880–1924.
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Title:Busy in the Cause: Iowa, the Free-State Struggle in the West, and the Prelude to the Civil WarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:306 pages, 9 × 6.05 × 0.75 inPublished:June 1, 2014Publisher:UNP - Nebraska PaperbackLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0803271891

ISBN - 13:9780803271890

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
1. Uncertainty Rising
2. The Morning Star
3. Prairie, Dust, and Wind
4. "Do Come and Help Us. Come On through Iowa"
5. Ho! For Kansas
6. Scramble to Freedom
7. Raising the Stakes
8. Heaven Sent
9. North and Back: Captors and Liberators
Epilogue
Appendix
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

Editorial Reviews

"Soike's 36 years as historian for the Iowa State Historical Society is reflected in the extensive research and knowledge shining through on every page."-Vernon Schmid, Roundup Magazine
- Vernon Schmid - Roundup Magazine