We have the war upon us : the onset of the Civil War, November 1860-April 1861 / William J. Cooper.
- 1st ed.
- New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.
xv, 332 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
- United States -- Politics and government -- 1857-1861.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Causes.
Secession -- Southern States.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
- Presents a revisionist account of the period between Lincoln's election and the firing on Fort Sumter, evaluating the contributions of key figures and the circumstances that contributed to the Civil War's inevitability.
- Prologue : "Is this not a remarkable spectacle?"
"The future is . . . shrouded in the very blackness of darkness"
"We need a statesman of nerve to meet the terrible crisis"
"The prospects for the country are gloomy"
"Up with polly, down with wisdom is the order of the day"
"You can still this storm"
"Fraternity is the element of the union"
"The quicksands that environ our ship of state"
Epilogue : "Both sides marching to fields of blood".
- "This is a Borzoi book."
Includes bibliographical references (p. 273-315) and index.
- 9781400042005 (hbk.)
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