The Approaching Fury: Voices of the Storm, 1820-1861 by Stephen B. OatesThe Approaching Fury: Voices of the Storm, 1820-1861 by Stephen B. Oates

The Approaching Fury: Voices of the Storm, 1820-1861

byStephen B. Oates

Paperback | April 1, 2012

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Biographer and historian Stephen B. Oates tells the story of the coming of the American Civil War through the voices and perspectives of thirteen principal players in the drama, from Thomas Jefferson and Henry Clay in the Missouri crisis of 1820 down to Stephen A. Douglas, Jefferson Davis, and Abraham Lincoln in the final crisis of 1861. This innovative approach shows the crucial role that perception of events played in the sectional hostilities that pushed the United States irreversibly toward a national calamity.

Nat Turner, William Lloyd Garrison, John C. Calhoun, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe, George Fitzhugh, John Brown, and Mary Boykin Chesnut also provide perspectives. Each character takes a turn onstage, narrating critical events in which he or she was a major participant or eyewitness. For the dramatic monologues, Oates draws on the actual words of his speakers—in letters, speeches, interviews, recollections, and other recorded utterances—and then simulates how, were they reminiscing aloud, they would describe these events in which they were the principal actors or witnesses. All the events and themes reflect the historical record.
Stephen B. Oates is Kendall Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst and has published eighteen books, including The Whirlwind of War: Voices of the Storm, 1861–1865 (Nebraska 2012) and With Malice Toward None: A Biography of Abraham Lincoln. Oates is a recipient of the Nevins-Freeman Award of the Chicag...
Title:The Approaching Fury: Voices of the Storm, 1820-1861Format:PaperbackDimensions:514 pages, 8.52 × 5.5 × 1.11 inPublished:April 1, 2012Publisher:UNP - Nebraska PaperbackLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0803269315

ISBN - 13:9780803269316

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Table of Contents

Part One: Storm Warnings
Part Two: Crosswinds
Part Three: The Approaching Fury
Part Four: The Storm Has Burst upon Us

Editorial Reviews

“Oates brings the contending voices of 1860 back to life and vividly shows why the nation leapt off the precipice into civil war. For anyone interested in those traumatic years, The Approaching Fury is vital reading.”—Orange County Register
- Orange County Register