The Impending Crisis: America Before the Civil War, 1848-1861

Paperback | March 15, 2011

byDavid M. Potter

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“David M. Potter’s magisterial The Impending Crisis is the single best account to date of the coming of the Civil War.” —Civil War History

“The magnum opus of a great American historian.” —Newsweek

Now in a new edition for the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, David Potter’s Pulitzer Prize-winning history of antebellum America offers an indispensible analysis of the causes of the war between the states. The Journal of Southern History calls Potter’s incisive account, “modern scholarship’s most comprehensive account of the coming of the Civil War,” and the New York Times Book Review hails it as “profound and original…. History in the grand tradition.”

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“David M. Potter’s magisterial The Impending Crisis is the single best account to date of the coming of the Civil War.” —Civil War History“The magnum opus of a great American historian.” —NewsweekNow in a new edition for the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, David Potter’s Pulitzer Prize-winning history of antebellum America offers a...

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David M. Potter's Pulitzer Prize-winning The Impending Crisis is the definitive history of antebellum America. Potter's sweeping epic masterfully charts the chaotic forces that climaxed with the outbreak of the Civil War: westward expansion, the divisive issue of slavery, the Dred Scott decision, John Brown's uprising, the ascension of...

David M. Potter (1910-1971) was a professor of history at Yale and Stanford universities. He was posthumously awarded the 1977 Pulitzer Prize for History forThe Impending Crisis, which his Stanford colleague Don Fehrenbacher completed and edited.Don E. Fehrenbacher (1920-1997) was awarded the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for History forThe Dred...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:672 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.08 inPublished:March 15, 2011Publisher:HarperCollins

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ISBN - 10:0061319295

ISBN - 13:9780061319297

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"In contrast to so much of recent American historical writing, The Impending Crisis is history in the grand tradition. Its concerns are philosophical; it asks questions which have been eclipsed by newer interests. It seeks to examine the nature of the political process and the underlying patterns of historical causation. On these subjects, Potter's insights are profound and original." (Eric Foner, The New York Times Book Review)