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Causes of the American Civil War – 2: Antebellum America

Causes of the American Civil War – 2: Antebellum America

In the last post, I kicked off a series looking at the causes of the American Civil War. Study of 19th century Antebellum America reveals a young country experiencing incredible change. Its rate of growth in almost all measures was unrivaled in the world. Its...
On Slavery, Sectionalism, and the First and Second Party Systems

On Slavery, Sectionalism, and the First and Second Party Systems

The “First Party System,” according to Donald Grier Stephenson, pitted the Federalists (created by Alexander Hamilton and including John Adams, Fisher Ames, and John Marshall) against the Republicans or Antifederalists (created by Thomas Jefferson and including James...
New Acquisitions – Indian Wars and Military History

New Acquisitions – Indian Wars and Military History

Have acquired several new books this week that relate to the class at hand – Studies in U.S. Military History – (see details here).  The Pursuit of Power: Technology, Armed Force, and Society since A.D. 1000 By William H McNeill ISBN 0-226-56158-5 The...