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Looming Civil War: How Nineteenth-Century Americans Imagined the Future by Jason Phillips (review)

Looming Civil War: How Nineteenth-Century Americans Imagined the Future by Jason Phillips (review) in Lincoln’s cabinet. In 1856 Judah P. Benjamin, himself later a member of Jefferson Davis’s cabinet, announced that “the democratic platform is identical with that of the old whig party; and, in declaring my adhesion to the former, I but change name, not principle” (109). Lynn quotes this pas- sage, then spends a paragraph denying that it meant what it said. In this instance as in others, it must be said that Lynn’s obscurantist style does not help his case. Marred by grab-bag paragraphs of random quotations, a sometimes recondite vocabulary, and untelegraphed shifts in voice and point of view between the author and his sources, Lynn’s prose is often difficult to untangle and his argument hard to discern. Some pas - sages seem simply to contradict themselves. This is a challenging book, unfortunately in more ways than one. Daniel Feller daniel feller is a professor of history, a Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, and the editor and director of The Papers of Andrew Jackson at the University of Tennessee. Looming Civil War: How Nineteenth-Century Americans Imagined the Future. By Jason Phillips. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018. Pp. 336. Cloth, $34.95.) Looming Civil War takes on a highly http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

Looming Civil War: How Nineteenth-Century Americans Imagined the Future by Jason Phillips (review)

The Journal of the Civil War Era , Volume 10 (2) – Jun 1, 2020

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in Lincoln’s cabinet. In 1856 Judah P. Benjamin, himself later a member of Jefferson Davis’s cabinet, announced that “the democratic platform is identical with that of the old whig party; and, in declaring my adhesion to the former, I but change name, not principle” (109). Lynn quotes this pas- sage, then spends a paragraph denying that it meant what it said. In this instance as in others, it must be said that Lynn’s obscurantist style does not help his case. Marred by grab-bag paragraphs of random quotations, a sometimes recondite vocabulary, and untelegraphed shifts in voice and point of view between the author and his sources, Lynn’s prose is often difficult to untangle and his argument hard to discern. Some pas - sages seem simply to contradict themselves. This is a challenging book, unfortunately in more ways than one. Daniel Feller daniel feller is a professor of history, a Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, and the editor and director of The Papers of Andrew Jackson at the University of Tennessee. Looming Civil War: How Nineteenth-Century Americans Imagined the Future. By Jason Phillips. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018. Pp. 336. Cloth, $34.95.) Looming Civil War takes on a highly

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The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Jun 1, 2020

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