Excerpt from Civil War on the Western Border, 1854-1865
Abraham lincoln sat on the edge of his bed talking to Lyle Dickey. The day had been a hard one on the Illinois Circuit. Dickey blinked sleepily at the yellow candle flame, but Lincoln wanted to talk. News of the pas sage of the kansas-nebraska Act by Congress had just been received, and Lincoln's deliberate mind would not rest. He had deserted the hustings for the more lucrative practice of law, but this act aroused his indignation and tempted him to re-enter politics. Dickey fell asleep. Next morning, when he awoke, Lincoln sat propped up in bed still talking as though the conversation had been uninterrupted.
Lincoln had watched excitement grow over the Kansas - Nebraska bill since its introduction on January 4, 1854, by his political antagonist of twenty years' standing, Senator Stephen A. Douglas. The Little Giant, as he was called, had concocted the measure to end political turmoil over slavery, make him the leader of a reunited Democratic Party and, perhaps, President of thé United States. His bill's panacea was simple: Quit dis criminating against Slaveholding pioneers; open all territories to settlers from both North and South, and let them decide by vote whether to ex clude or countenance slavery. What could be fairer than that?
Douglas understood the rules of equity better than he did the temper of the American people. He failed, utterly, to foresee that this doctrine of squatter sovereignty would ignite a civil war.
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The author allows a new look at Quantrill's sacking of Lawrence, organized bushwackery, and border battles that cost thousands of lives. Not the least valuable are chapters on the American Indians' part in the conflict.Review:
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"Some may be disillusioned by this book, but they will be wiser for it. Jay Monaghan ought to get a medal for his work."--Webster Schott, "New Republic"
"The best thing about this book is its vitality. . . . It is unfailingly interesting. It should inspire a whole series of biographies and monographs."--Henry S. Commager, "New York Herald Tribune Book Review"
"This solid, extensively documented book is a fine corrective for the works of the sentimentalists. . . . This is a good book, greatly needed."--Bruce Catton, "New York Times"
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Book Description Bonanza Books, New York, 1955, 1955. Book Condition: New. First edition thus. Hardback. Very good in very good, slightly worn and torn dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # A171728