With the conclusion of the Mexican War in 1848, the United States seemed poised to fulfill the manifest destiny that was on the lips of journalists and politicians. Yet, even before the war was over, tensions over the issue of slavery erupted. Slavery symbolized the social, cultural, constitutional, and economic differences that were dividing the North and South. Through four years of bloody civil war and the loss of over 600,000 lives, the American republic decided the fate of slavery, asserted the supremacy of the federal government over state authority, and began to grapple with the difficu
CONTENTS; SERIES FOREWORD; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; INTRODUCTION: WHAT WERE THE GREAT DEBATES?; JOHN BROWN (1800-1859); JAMES BUCHANAN (1791-1868); SALMON CHASE (1808-1873); JEFFERSON DAVIS (1808-1889); STEPHEN A. DOUGLAS (1813-1861); FREDERICK DOUGLASS (1817-1895); GEORGE FITZHUGH (1806-1881); HORACE GREELEY (1811-1872); ANDREW JOHNSON (1808-1875); ROBERT E. LEE (1807-1870); ABRAHAM LINCOLN (1809-1865); GEORGE BRINTON McCLELLAN (1826-1885); WILLIAM H. SEWARD (1801-1872); ALEXANDER H. STEPHENS (1812-1883); THADDEUS STEVENS (1792-1868); HARRIET BEECHER STOWE (1811-1896); CHARLES SUMNER (1811-1874)
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