Path of Empire: Panama and the California Gold Rush , and: Habits of Empire: A History of American Expansion (review)

Path of Empire: Panama and the California Gold Rush , and: Habits of Empire: A History of... Southern History, Vol. 3, Aug. 1937, 259­88). McClintock's anger at Republicans and sympathy for ``conciliationists'' prevents him from sufficiently addressing the critical issues or assessing events and people fairly. His aim was admirable, however, and it is only through such books that we can begin to come to a new, fresher understanding of the origins of the Civil War and the role of northerners in that contest. Mi chae l La ndi s is a PhD candidate in U.S. nineteenth-century history at George Washington University, focusing on politics and the presidency. He has published an article on Senator William Pitt Fessenden in American Nineteenth Century History, and his dissertation is tentatively entitled, `` `Though the Heavens Fall': Slavery, Northern Democrats, and the Destruction of the Union.'' Path of Empire: Panama and the California Gold Rush. By Aims McGuinness. (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2008. Pp. 249. Cloth, $35.00; Paper, $19.95.) Habits of Empire: A History of American Expansion. By Walter Nugent. (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2008. Pp. 387. Maps. Cloth, $30.00.) Reviewed by Amy S. Greenberg Whither the course of empire. Thomas Cole transfixed the American art world in the mid 1830s with a series of allegorical http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the Early Republic University of Pennsylvania Press

Path of Empire: Panama and the California Gold Rush , and: Habits of Empire: A History of American Expansion (review)

Journal of the Early Republic, Volume 29 (3) – Aug 27, 2009

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Southern History, Vol. 3, Aug. 1937, 259­88). McClintock's anger at Republicans and sympathy for ``conciliationists'' prevents him from sufficiently addressing the critical issues or assessing events and people fairly. His aim was admirable, however, and it is only through such books that we can begin to come to a new, fresher understanding of the origins of the Civil War and the role of northerners in that contest. Mi chae l La ndi s is a PhD candidate in U.S. nineteenth-century history at George Washington University, focusing on politics and the presidency. He has published an article on Senator William Pitt Fessenden in American Nineteenth Century History, and his dissertation is tentatively entitled, `` `Though the Heavens Fall': Slavery, Northern Democrats, and the Destruction of the Union.'' Path of Empire: Panama and the California Gold Rush. By Aims McGuinness. (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2008. Pp. 249. Cloth, $35.00; Paper, $19.95.) Habits of Empire: A History of American Expansion. By Walter Nugent. (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2008. Pp. 387. Maps. Cloth, $30.00.) Reviewed by Amy S. Greenberg Whither the course of empire. Thomas Cole transfixed the American art world in the mid 1830s with a series of allegorical

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