9781469626505-1469626500-Washington Brotherhood: Politics, Social Life, and the Coming of the Civil War (Civil War America)

Washington Brotherhood: Politics, Social Life, and the Coming of the Civil War (Civil War America)

ISBN-13: 9781469626505
ISBN-10: 1469626500
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Shelden, Rachel A.
Publication date: 2015
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Format: Paperback 296 pages
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ISBN-13: 9781469626505
ISBN-10: 1469626500
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Shelden, Rachel A.
Publication date: 2015
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Format: Paperback 296 pages

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Acknowledged authors Shelden, Rachel A. wrote Washington Brotherhood: Politics, Social Life, and the Coming of the Civil War (Civil War America) comprising 296 pages back in 2015. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 1469626500 and 9781469626505. Since then Washington Brotherhood: Politics, Social Life, and the Coming of the Civil War (Civil War America) textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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Traditional portrayals of politicians in antebellum Washington, D.C., describe a violent and divisive society, full of angry debates and violent duels, a microcosm of the building animosity throughout the country. Yet, in Washington Brotherhood, Rachel Shelden paints a more nuanced portrait of Washington as a less fractious city with a vibrant social and cultural life. Politicians from different parties and sections of the country interacted in a variety of day-to-day activities outside traditional political spaces and came to know one another on a personal level. Shelden shows that this engagement by figures such as Stephen Douglas, John Crittenden, Abraham Lincoln, and Alexander Stephens had important consequences for how lawmakers dealt with the sectional disputes that bedeviled the country during the 1840s and 1850s--particularly disputes involving slavery in the territories.
Shelden uses primary documents--from housing records to personal diaries--to reveal the ways in which this political sociability influenced how laws were made in the antebellum era. Ultimately, this Washington "bubble" explains why so many of these men were unprepared for secession and war when the winter of 1860-61 arrived.

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