America on the eve of the Civil War

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  • Creator edited by Edward L. Ayers and Carolyn R. Martin
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2010.
  • Physical Details
    • x, 147 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 9780813930633, 0813930634
  • OCLC ocn574940390


  • The first in a series of annual Signature Conferences sponsored by the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, "America on the Eve of the Civil War" was held in April 2009.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • Opening remarks / William J. Howell and Timothy M. Kaine -- Taking stock of the nation in 1859 -- The future of Virginia and the South -- First question-and-answer session -- Making sense of John Brown's raid -- Predictions for the election of 1860 -- Second question-and-answer session -- Closing remarks / Edward L. Ayers -- Conclusion : marking the Civil War sesquicentennial, will we do better this time? / David W. Blight
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