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(David M. Potter's Pulitzer Prize-winning The Impending Cr...)
David M. Potter's Pulitzer Prize-winning The Impending Crisis is the definitive history of antebellum America. Potter's sweeping epic masterfully charts the chaotic forces that climaxed with the outbreak of the Civil War: westward expansion, the divisive issue of slavery, the Dred Scott decision, John Brown's uprising, the ascension of Abraham Lincoln, and the drama of Southern secession.
(Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1979, The Dred Scott Case...)
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1979, The Dred Scott Case is a masterful examination of the most famous example of judicial failure--the case referred to as "the most frequently overturned decision in history." On March 6, 1857, Chief Justice Roger B. Taney delivered the Supreme Court's decision against Dred Scott, a slave who maintained he had been emancipated as a result of having lived with his master in the free state of Illinois and in federal territory where slavery was forbidden by the Missouri Compromise. The decision did much more than resolve the fate of an elderly black man and his family: Dred Scott v. Sanford was the first instance in which the Supreme Court invalidated a major piece of federal legislation. The decision declared that Congress had no power to prohibit slavery in the federal territories, thereby striking a severe blow at the legitimacy of the emerging Republican party and intensifying the sectional conflict over slavery. This book represents a skillful review of the issues before America on the eve of the Civil War. The first third of the book deals directly with the with the case itself and the Court's decision, while the remainder puts the legal and judicial question of slavery into the broadest possible American context. Fehrenbacher discusses the legal bases of slavery, the debate over the Constitution, and the dispute over slavery and continental expansion. He also considers the immediate and long-range consequences of the decision.
(This is an abridgement of the Pulitzer-Prize winning The ...)
This is an abridgement of the Pulitzer-Prize winning The Dred Scott Case, making Fehrenbacher's monumental work available to a wider audience. Although it condenses the original by half, all the chapters and major themes of the larger work have been retained, providing a masterful review of the issues before America on the eve of the Civil War.
(Sectional Crisis and Southern Constitutionalism is a sing...)
Sectional Crisis and Southern Constitutionalism is a single volume comprising of two short studies of major aspects of antebellum southern history. The South and Three Sectional Crisis, is a commentary on the crises of 1819-1821, 1846-1850, and 1854-1861, shows how the South-especially the lower South-contributed decisively to the sectional conflict that exploded at last into the civil war. Constitutions and Constitutionalism in the Slaveholding South finds that southern state constitutional development generally paralleled that of northern states, but an increasingly distinctive and dangerous southern interpretation of the United States Constitution finally spawned the short-lived wartime Confederate Constitution. The two studies together outline the South's determination to maintain political power and equality against the northern majority, and explains how this determination led to southern nationalism, disunion, and the Civil War.
(Many leading historians have argued that the Constitution...)
Many leading historians have argued that the Constitution of the United States was a proslavery document. But in The Slaveholding Republic, one of America's most eminent historians refutes this claim in a landmark history that stretches from the Continental Congress to the Presidency of Abraham Lincoln. Fehrenbacher shows that the Constitution itself was more or less neutral on the issue of slavery and that, in the antebellum period, the idea that the Constitution protected slavery was hotly debated (many Northerners would concede only that slavery was protected by state law, not by federal law). Nevertheless, he also reveals that U.S. policy abroad and in the territories was consistently proslavery. Fehrenbacher makes clear why Lincoln's election was such a shock to the South and shows how Lincoln's approach to emancipation, which seems exceedingly cautious by modern standards, quickly evolved into a "Republican revolution" that ended the anomaly of the United States as a "slaveholding republic."
Fehrenbacher received his bachelor's degree at Cornell College in 1946, which also awarded him an honorary doctorate in 1970. He received both his master's and doctoral degrees at the University of Chicago.
Fehrenbacher served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. While working on his doctorate at the University of Chicago, he began his teaching career at Coe College in Iowa in 1949.
In 1953 he joined the faculty at Stanford University in California, where he taught until his retirement in 1984.
During his career, Fehrenbacher also served as a consultant to Ken Burns’s The Civil War documentary series, which first aired in 1990.
(Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1979, The Dred Scott Case...)1978
(Sectional Crisis and Southern Constitutionalism is a sing...)1995
(This is an abridgement of the Pulitzer-Prize winning The ...)1981
(Many leading historians have argued that the Constitution...)2001
(David M. Potter's Pulitzer Prize-winning The Impending Cr...)1976
Fehrenbacher was survived by his wife Virginia, three children, David, Ruth Gleason and Susan Koprince, eight grandchildren, a sister, Shirley Drew, and two brothers, Robert and Marvin.