1838 NEWSPAPER WITH LETTER DISCUSSING NAVY ANIMOSITY TO
"The Intelligencer", Washington, D.C.
[Brown] Catharine S. Brown (ed by Tom Calarco),
ABEL BROWN, ABOLITIONIST.
NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (McFarland, 2006).
Illustrations, appendices, notes, index, 238 pp.
Abel Brown was born November 9, 1810, in Springfield, Massachusetts, and moved with his parents to New York State at age 11. As a young man, he entered the Christian ministry and soon felt called to action in the abolitionist movement. Brown was an eloquent voice crying out against slavery, publishing letters and reports in The Liberator and other periodicals with abolitionist leanings, as well as in his own paper, The Tocsin of Liberty (later The Albany Patriot). The founder and corresponding secretary of the Eastern New York Anti-Slavery Society, he traveled widely, preaching the message of abolition, often accompanied by fugitive slaves.
Brown’s death one day before his 34th birthday was a blow to New York’s abolitionist movement and devastating for his wife, Catharine, who published this biography in 1849 as a way of keeping his memory alive. The work draws heavily on Abel Brown’s correspondence, journals, and newspaper articles, allowing him to tell the story in his own words. This newly edited version preserves the 1849 original while offering clarification and context. The result is an unusual first-hand look at America’s anti-slavery movement. Appendices contain excerpts from additional correspondence and sermons of Abel Brown.
[Garrison] Henry Mayer,
ALL ON FIRE: William Lloyd Garrison and the Abolition of Slavery.
NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (St Martin's Press). 707 pages.
~~~ William Lloyd Garrison, the most significant abolitionist in American history, is brought to life in this extensively researched and exquisitely nuanced biography. Long denied his well-deserved acknowledgment, Garrison finally appears in all his thunderous and prophetic brilliance in this inspiring work.
[Todd] James Patrick Morgans,
JOHN TODD AND THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD:
Biography of an Iowa Abolitionist.
NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (McFarland, 2006).
Photos, appendix, bibliography, index, 224 pp.
Born November 10, 1818, John Todd grew up in the rural area surrounding Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The most formative experience of his life was attending college in Oberlin, Ohio. A one-of-a-kind educational institution, Oberlin College was fully integrated—allowing men and women, black and white, to attend the same classes—at a time when the entire country was in a racial upheaval. As a result, Oberlin turned out a group of men and women almost devoid of racial prejudice. It was from this pool of graduates that many of the founders of Tabor, Iowa, were drawn. They were determined to found an Oberlin-like college in the westernmost territory of the United States, so it was no surprise that this group quickly became active in the Underground Railroad and other abolitionist activities.
This biography details the life of the Reverend John Todd and presents the story of the Underground Railroad Station in Tabor. With the life of Todd as a common thread, the book explores how the station began and the noble purposes behind its birth. From the beginning of Todd’s career at Oberlin College, the book follows him from an unsatisfying first pastorate to the site of his life’s work in Tabor, where he would provide spiritual guidance and leadership, along with friend George Gaston, for the settlement. The work covers the prewar construction of the Tabor Literary Institute, which was beset by financial and administrative difficulties from the beginning. With a singleness of purpose spurred on by Todd and Gaston, the residents of Tabor joined in the abolitionist movement through participation not only in the Underground Railroad but in the Jim Lane Trail and Kansas Free State Movement as well. John Brown was in and out of Tabor on many occasions, bringing escaped slaves with him. Todd’s service in the Union Army and jubilation with the Federal victory are also discussed. An appendix contains various letters and documents pertaining to the Todd family, the Underground Railroad and other abolitionist activities.
Trask, Kerry A.
BLACK HAWK: The Battle for the Heart of America.
NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (NY: Henry Holt & Company, 2005).
~~~ In the spring of 1832, Black Hawk and his Sauk followers, including 700 warriors, rose up in a rage and defiantly crossed the Mississippi to reclaim their ancestral home in Illinois. The rebellion was dashed in just three months, yet no other violent encounter between white America and native people embodies so clearly the U.S. Republic’s conflict between exalted ideals of freedom and human dignity and its insatiable appetite for territory.
Until 1822, the 6,000-strong Sauk Nation had occupied one of North America’s largest Indian settlements, just east of the Mississippi. Supported by hundreds of acres of planted fields, their domain was the envy of white Americans who had already begun to encroach upon the rich land. When the conflicts between natives and white squatters inevitably turned violent, the Sauks were forced into exile, uprooted and banished to the uncharted west.
Resurrecting the heroic efforts of Black Hawk and his men, Trask illuminates the tragic history of frontier America through the eyes of those who were cast aside in the pursuit of manifest destiny. \
Carpenter, Jesse T.,
THE SOUTH AS A CONSCIOUS MINORITY, 1789-1861: A Study in Political Thought.
University of South Carolina Press, 1991. NEW copy, PAPERBACK,
still in shrinkwrap. With a new introduction by John M. McCardell. "... a fine study in the
political thought of the Old South as a conscious minority seeking protection in the
American Union from the political power of a Northern majority."
~~~ Paperback edition
currently OUT OF PRINT. Hardcover in print at $89.
SOCIETY, MANNERS, AND POLITICS IN THE UNITED STATES: Letters on North America.
Gloucester, Mass., Peter Smith, 1967. Edited and with an introduction by John
William Ward. Translated after the T.G. Bradford Edition. NEW copy. Hardcover,
issued without dust jacket.
~~~ OUT OF PRINT.
Bordewich, Fergus M.
AMERICA'S GREAT DEBATE:
Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas, and the Compromise that Preserved the Union
NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (NY: Simon & Schuster, 2012). Notes, bibliography, index
Notes, bibliography. 496 pages.
~~~ The Mexican War introduced vast new territories into the United States, among them California and the present-day Southwest. When gold was discovered in California in the great Gold Rush of 1849, the population swelled, and settlers petitioned for admission to the Union. But the U.S. Senate was precariously balanced with fifteen free states and fifteen slave states. Up to then states had been admitted in pairs, one free and one slave, to preserve that tenuous balance in the Senate. Would California be free or slave? So began a paralyzing crisis in American government, and the longest debate in Senate history.
Fergus Bordewich tells the epic story of the Compromise of 1850 with skill and vigor, bringing to life two generations of senators who dominated the great debate. Luminaries such as John Calhoun, Daniel Webster, and Henry Clay—who tried unsuccessfully to cobble together a compromise that would allow for California’s admission and simultaneously put an end to the nation’s agony over slavery—were nearing the end of their long careers. Rising stars such as Jefferson Davis, William Seward, and Stephen Douglas—who ultimately succeeded where Clay failed—would shape the country’s politics as slavery gradually fractured the nation.
The Compromise saved the Union from collapse, but it did so at a great cost. The gulf between North and South over slavery widened with the strengthened Fugitive Slave Law that was part of the complex Compromise. In America’s Great Debate Fergus Bordewich takes us back to a time when compromise
was imperative, when men swayed one another in Congress with the power of their ideas and their rhetoric, when partisans on each side reached across the aisle to preserve the Union from tragedy.
Heidler, David S & Jeanne T. Heidler.
The Essential American
NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (Random House, 2010). Notes,
~~~ He was the Great Compromiser, a canny and
colorful legislator whose life mirrors the story of America from its founding
until the eve of the Civil War. Speaker of the House, senator, secretary of state,
five-time presidential candidate, and idol to the young Abraham Lincoln, Henry
Clay is captured in full at last in this rich and sweeping biography.
David S. Heidler and Jeanne T. Heidler present Clay in his early years as a
precocious, witty, and optimistic Virginia farm boy who at the age of twenty
transformed himself into an attorney. The authors reveal Clay’s tumultuous career
in Washington, including his participation in the deadlocked election of 1824 that
haunted him for the rest of his career, and shine new light on Clay’s marriage to
plain, wealthy Lucretia Hart, a union that lasted fifty-three years and produced
Featuring an inimitable supporting cast including Thomas Jefferson, James Madison,
and Abraham Lincoln, Henry Clay is beautifully written and replete with fresh
anecdotes and insights. Horse trader and risk taker, arm twister and joke teller,
Henry Clay was the consummate politician who gave ground, made deals, and
changed the lives of millions.
THE FRONTIERSMAN: The Real Life and the Many Legends of Davy Crockett.
VG+. Trade PAPERBACK. (NY: Quill, William Morrow, 1993).
Illustrations, photographs, notes, bibliography, index, 304 pages.
~~~ Probably no figure in American history has been so frequently interpreted,
reinterpreted, and misinterpreted as Davy Crockett, most notably as the flawless
King of the Wild Frontier in the Disney TV series of the 1950s. Amazingly
enough, until this biography by Mark Derr, no one has sifted through the
surviving historical documents to find out the truth about a man who, for over a
century and a half, has been one of the most enduring of American symbols.
Lionized by his admirers for his humor and eccentricities and condemned by his
detractors as a drunkard, gambler, womanizer, and illiterate, Crockett
galvanized opinion from the moment he entered public life. Great bear hunter,
controversial politician, putative hero of the Alamo, Crockett was, in fact, the
quintessential product of the age of the Common Man and among the most famous
Americans of the late 1820s and early 1830s. Born into a relatively poor family,
forced at the age of twelve to begin working as a teamster, Crockett married at
nineteen and became a tenant farmer in his native Tennessee. After serving
without great distinction in the state militia during the War of 1812 and
following the death of his first wife, he remarried, this time to Elizabeth
Patton, a widow whose means and business acumen provided him with the financial
resources and family connections to enter public life. Crockett's rough grammar
and amusing anecdotes brought him victories in elections and notoriety in the
press. Sent to Congress in 1827, three years later he broke ranks with the
followers of Andrew Jackson over their failure to enact land reforms and their
program to remove the Indians living east of the Mississippi. Freakishly beaten
for reelection at the height of his national fame, he told his constituents,
"You can go to Hell, and I'll go to Texas." Author Mark Derr presents the
consequences of the fateful decision and offers his own resolution to the
controversy that has surrounded Crockett's final moments at the Alamo.
~~~ Originally published at $12, now OUT OF PRINT.
Groneman III, William,
DAVID CROCKETT: Hero of the Common Man.
NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. American Heroes Series.
(NY: Forge, Tim Doherty Associates, 2005).
Bibliography, index, 206 pages.
~~~ from Library Journal: Longtime Crockett researcher Groneman cuts
through the myth and legend to uncover as much as possible of the real Davy Crockett
(1786-1836). What emerges is a fascinating look at a man who was a typical product of
western Tennessee: a frontiersman with little formal education, skilled in hunting, always
in debt, and always looking for more "elbow room" where he might achieve financial success.
Groneman focuses considerable attention on two more remarkable aspects of Crockett's
career: his three terms in the U.S. Congress, which made him a national figure, and his
service at the Battle of the Alamo, where he was killed. In considering Crockett's death,
Groneman's discussion is a bit dated, as he apparently did not have access to James Crisp's
Sleuthing the Alamo (2004). Specialists will deplore the lack of notes, but general readers,
high school students, and undergraduates will welcome this well-written biography as a good
starting point for discovering Crockett as he really was.
AMERICAN LEGEND: The Real-Life Adventures of David Crockett.
NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (NY: GP Putnam's Sons, 2005).
First Edition. Two-page map of "Crockett's America" on end pages. Illustrations, photographs, notes, bibliography, index, 339 pages.
~~~ from Publishers Weekly: Levy presents a sympathetic but unremarkable
biography of the legendary frontiersman in colloquial if occasionally florid prose (an election
loss "burned into Crockett like a brand searing a cow's flank"). Those whose image of
Crockett was formed by the cultishly successful Disney treatment will find much that is
familiar: the Indian fighter with Andrew Jackson, the congressmen from Tennessee and,
finally, the Texas patriot who died defending the Alamo. But Levy offers more (although not a lot more) in the way of
background and complexity, and is willing to expose some of Crockett's deficiencies without
making judgments: Crockett clearly indulged his wanderlust at the expense of his wife, a
strong figure in her own right, and was, for a variety of reasons, an ineffective, bumbling
politician. But despite his faults, readers will find Crockett likable and talented. In Levy's
view, Crockett's abilities were expansive, and he opines that Crockett's bestselling 1834
autobiography "prefigures by some fifty years the literary genre of `realism,' with nothing
remotely like it" until Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. And Crockett's falling
out with President Jackson over, in part, Jackson's brutal Indian Removal Act of 1830 is to
the frontiersman's credit.
VG/VG. Minor tears & scuffs to jacket, which is in mylar protector.
(NY: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc, 1962). Book Club editon.
Reprint of original 1934 edition. Illustrated by Walter Seaton. 256 pages.
~~~ Blending myth and reality, Constance Rourke aimed to get at the heart of Davy
Crockett, whose hold on the American imagination was firm even before he died at
the Alamo. Davy Crockett, published in 1934, pioneered in showing the
backwoodsman's transformation into a folk hero. It remains a basic in the
Douglass, Frederick (John W. Blassingame, John R. McKivigan & Peter P. Hinks, eds),
THE FREDERICK DOUGLASS PAPERS: SERIES TWO: Autobiographical Writings: NARRATIVE, Volume 1.
NEW copy, still in shrinkwrap. Hardcover, issued without dust jacket. (Yale University Press, 1999). 288 pages.
~~~ This volume contains the first and most famous of Frederick Douglass's three
autobiographies, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. First published in
Boston in 1845, only seven years after Douglass's escape from bondage, the Narrative
provided the foundation for its author's antebellum reputation as a writer. Douglass
went on to write two more autobiographies, becoming one of a very small number of
nineteenth-century Americans to publish more than one account of their lives. His
books provide an unparalleled record not only of the events of his life but also of
his shifting perceptions of the complex worlds of slavery and freedom that he inhabited.
The autobiographies reflect the differences in his age (the first was written when he
was twenty-seven, the last when he was in his seventies), his memory, and his objectives
at the various times of his writing.
~~~ Currently in print at $60.