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Border War: Fighting over Slavery before the Civil War (review)

Border War: Fighting over Slavery before the Civil War (review) scholarship on race and ethnicity in American history and the social his- tory of the Civil War. Angela F. Murphy angela f. murphy is an associate professor of history at Texas State University, San Marcos. She is the author of American Slavery, Irish Freedom: Abolition, Immigrant Citizenship, and the Transatlantic Movement for Irish Repeal (Louisiana State University Press, 2010). Border War: Fighting over Slavery before the Civil War. By Stanley Harrold. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010. Pp. 292. Cloth, $30.00.) With all the commemorations marking the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, it would be easy for a history of the sectional crisis to get swept beneath the carpet. Clearly, the study of the war has hardly abated since the last anniversary in the 1960s. What makes this anniversary diff erent, it seems, is that fi fty years ago it was the road to the war, more than the confl ict itself, that drew much of the scholarly attention. Work by David Potter, Don Fehrenbacher, and many others created a durable and powerful narrative about how the republic was torn in two, and historians still reckon with this interpretation. Spurred by the expansion of the republic which http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

Border War: Fighting over Slavery before the Civil War (review)

The Journal of the Civil War Era , Volume 2 (3) – Aug 29, 2012

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scholarship on race and ethnicity in American history and the social his- tory of the Civil War. Angela F. Murphy angela f. murphy is an associate professor of history at Texas State University, San Marcos. She is the author of American Slavery, Irish Freedom: Abolition, Immigrant Citizenship, and the Transatlantic Movement for Irish Repeal (Louisiana State University Press, 2010). Border War: Fighting over Slavery before the Civil War. By Stanley Harrold. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010. Pp. 292. Cloth, $30.00.) With all the commemorations marking the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, it would be easy for a history of the sectional crisis to get swept beneath the carpet. Clearly, the study of the war has hardly abated since the last anniversary in the 1960s. What makes this anniversary diff erent, it seems, is that fi fty years ago it was the road to the war, more than the confl ict itself, that drew much of the scholarly attention. Work by David Potter, Don Fehrenbacher, and many others created a durable and powerful narrative about how the republic was torn in two, and historians still reckon with this interpretation. Spurred by the expansion of the republic which

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The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Aug 29, 2012

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