of almost $78,000. The Butler Island plantation where Kemble lived is part of the Altamaha Waterfowl Management Area. The 1859 auction is perfectly suited to microhistory, and the Butler family papers and the Kemble and Leigh diaries offer unparalleled primary sources, but Bailey does not use the tools of the microhistorian to fully bring the story of the Weeping Time to life. Randy J. Sparks randy j. sparks is a professor of history at Tulane University and the author of several books, including Where the Negroes Are Masters: An African Port in the Era of the Slave Trade (Harvard University Press, 2014). Making an Antislavery Nation: Lincoln, Douglas, and the Battle over Freedom. By Graham A. Peck. (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2017. Pp. 264. Cloth, $34.95.) In this complex but often compelling book, Graham Peck joins the recent surge of interest in rethinking mid-nineteenth-century American political history by casting Illinois as the seedbed and incubator for the national politics over slavery that worried the republic from its origins to the crack-up that came in the 1850s. Peck takes the long view in track- ing the evolution of ideas about freedom and their relationship(s) with slavery from the drafting
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