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"There is a North" : fugitive slaves, political crisis, and cultural transformation in the coming of the Civil War / John L. Brooke.

Author/Creator:
Brooke, John L., author.
Publication:
Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, [2019]
Format/Description:
Book
xvii, 404 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, ; 23 cm
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Subjects:
Stowe, Harriet Beecher, 1811-1896. Uncle Tom's cabin -- Influence.
Antislavery movements -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Antislavery movements -- United States -- Public opinion.
Politics and culture -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Popular culture -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1849-1861.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Causes.
American Civil War (1861-1865).
Uncle Tom's cabin (Stowe, Harriet Beecher).
Antislavery movements.
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.).
Politics and culture.
Politics and government.
Popular culture.
War -- Causes.
United States.
Form/Genre:
History.
Summary:
"How does political change take hold? In the 1850s, politicians and abolitionists despaired, complaining that the 'North, the poor timid, mercenary, driveling North' offered no forceful opposition to the power of the slaveholding South. And yet, as John L. Brooke proves, the North did change. Inspired by brave fugitives who escaped slavery and the cultural craze that was Uncle Tom's Cabin, the North rose up to battle slavery, ultimately waging the bloody Civil War. While Lincoln's alleged quip about the little woman who started the big war has been oft-repeated, scholars have not fully explained the dynamics between politics and culture in the decades leading up to 1861. Rather than simply viewing the events of the 1850s through the lens of party politics, 'There Is a North' is the first book to explore how cultural action -- including minstrelsy, theater, and popular literature -- transformed public opinion and political structures. Taking the North's rallying cry as his title, Brooke shows how the course of history was forever changed"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Introduction: Confluence, Creolization, liminal crisis, and the antislavery north
Structures challenged : the rise of abolitionism and antislavery
Structure defended : the Compromise of 1850
Liminality erupting in the first crisis : fugitives and the northern public
Creative liminality : writing and reading Uncle Tom's Cabin
Transforming culture : commercializing antislavery
Guarantees violated in the second crisis : the Kansas-Nebraska Act
Restructuring coalescence : nativism and antislavery politics
Confirming and consolidating new structures : the rise of the Republican Party
Epilogue: Into the war.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
9781625344465
1625344465
9781625344472
1625344473
9781613766903
9781613766910
OCLC:
1101026993