Causes of Civil War U.S. – What is War of 1812 – U.S. History 1809-1861

Ordeal of the Union: Fruits of Manifest Destiny, 1847-1852

Nevins, Allan
Scribner 1947 Dewey Dec. 973.6

Vol 1 of “Ordeal of the Union”.
The Compromise of 1850 is the major political issue in this volume. “But Allan Nevins has not restricted his interests to the political scene. Every aspect of American life is touched upon, including the state of education, popular culture, religion, and the impulse toward reform. Most important of all the reform movements was the anti-slavery campaign. Here Allan Nevins shows both his fairmindedness and his talents as a chronicler of the times.” -Book jacket

Contents: Hour of victory – Lineaments of a young Republic – Culture of the masses – The Pulse of reform -“For These Just Ends” – Election of a war hero – The gathering quarrel – Clay to the rescue – The great debate -“The Union Stands Firm” – Southern acquiescence – with conditions – Northern acquiescence – with reservations – The lot of the bondsman – The cash account of slavery – Slavery, race-adjustment, and the future – Brother Jonathan asserts himself

Ordeal of the Union: A House Divided, 1852-1857 – Presidency of Franklin Pierce

Nevins, Allan
Scribner 1947 Dewey Dec. 973.6

Vol 2 of “Ordeal of the Union”.
“Although politics dominates this volume, Allan Nevins has not overlooked the development of our agriculture, our industry, and our railroads; he also reveals the condition of our labor force and of immigration. In other words, this is the most complete picture to date of America in the years from 1852 to 1857.” – Book jacket

Contents: Enter the pleasant Mr. Pierce – Weak president: rending factions – Disaster: 1854 – Fountains of the Great Deep – Two blades of grass – Web of transport – The rising industrialism – Immigrants and toilers – Kansas and the break-up of parties – Cuba, Ostend, and the Filibusters – The Year of violence: 1855 – Crisis in Kansas and Washington – Onset of ’56 – The election of Buchanan – Contrast of cultures

Polk: The Diary of a President – President James K. Polk

Covering the Mexican War, the Acquisition of Oregon, and the Conquest of California and the Southwest

Nevins, Allan, ed.
Longmans, Green 1952 Dewey Dec. 973.6

This volume consists of material selected from the 4-volume “Diary of James K. Polk During His Presidency, 1845 to 1849”, edited by Milo Quaife in 1910. This editor … “has attempted to select from it the portions most interesting and valuable to ordinary students and readers, and to knit them together by a full body of notes.” – Preface.

The Reign of Andrew Jackson: a Chronicle of the Frontier in Politics – The Presidency of Andrew Jackson

Ogg, Frederic Austin
New Haven, CT: Yale University 1919 Dewey Dec. 973.5

Vol. 20 in the series ‘Chronicles of America’.

Contents: Jackson the frontiersman – The Creek War and the victory of New Orleans – The “conquest” of Florida – Death of “King Caucus” – Democratic triumph – The “Reign” begins – The Webster-Hayne debate – Tariff and nullification – War on the United States Bank – Removal of the southern Indians – Jacksonian succession

Days of Sorrow, Years of Glory, 1831-1850 – Abolition Slavery

From the Nat Turner Revolt to the Fugitive Slave Law

Paulson, Timothy J.
Chelsea House 1994 Dewey Dec. 973.5

An examination of the Underground Railroad, slave resistance, the Seminole Wars, & the abolition movement. Among the milestone events for this era that open this book are the efforts of abolitionists, the Seminole Wars, the slave revolt on the Amistad, the publication of the North Star by Frederick Douglass, & the efforts of Harriet Tubman on the Underground Railroad. These events & others are expanded in the following chapters. Bibliography & index. Part of the Milestones in Black American History series.

Contents: Two decades of struggle – Blood on the corn – Way down in Egypt land – The Underground railroad – “This Savage and negro War” – “Frederick, Is God Dead?” – The Fugitive Slave Law

Historical Sketches of the United States, from the Peace of 1815 to 1830

Perkins, Samuel
NY: Converse 1830 Dewey Dec. 973.5

The object of the author was ” … to give a correct and connected account, 1st. Of the military and naval transactions, embracing the Algerine war; the measures taken to suppress piracy; and the Seminole war: 2d. Of the proceedings of congress and the executive relating to important subjects of general policy: 3d. Of judicial decisions on constitutional questions: 4th. Of diplomatic discussions: 5th. Of the affairs of Europe, and the republics of Southern America, so far as they affect their relations with this country.” -Author’s Preface

Selected Articles on the Monroe Doctrine

Phelps, Edith M., comp.
H. W. Wilson 1915 Dewey Dec. 973.5

In the first decades of the 20th century publisher H.W. Wilson produced many volumes in its Debaters’ Handbook Series on social and political issues that were under discussion at the time. Each book contains the full text of selected articles and documents representing opposing views on the issue, along with a substantial bibliography of books and articles.

Most of the books mentioned in these guides are likely to be freely available online. Search by title; first at the Internet Archive (, then at Referenced magazine articles may also be available online at the same sites, with HathiTrust the preferred site for magazines.

American Eras: The Reform Era and Eastern U.S. Development, 1815-1850

Prokopowicz, Gerald J., ed.
Gale 1997 Dewey Dec. 973.5

Reference book, providing encyclopedia-like articles and lists of events arranged under these chapter headings: World Events, the Arts, Business and the Economy, Communications, Education, Government and Politics, Law and Justice, Lifestyles, Social Trends & Fashion, Religion, Science & Medicine, and Sports & Recreation.

The Campaign of 1812 – What is War of 1812

Rauch, Steven J.
Washington, D.C.: Center of Military History, U.S. Army 2013 Dewey Dec. 973.5

Booklet of about 50 pages, including illustrations and maps, from the U.S. Army’s Center of Military History. It provides, for general readers, a background and analysis of the campaign.

Race & Politics; “Bleeding Kansas” and the Coming of the Civil War – Causes of Civil War U.S.

Rawley, James A.
Lippincott 1969 Dewey Dec. 973.6

“‘Race and Politics’ is a radical and exciting analysis of the controversies that followed the repeal of the Missouri Compromise… The question of whether the still unsettled Kansas territory should be slave or free divided the nation into hostile camps, and intensified conditions only civil war could resolve. To this familiar material, Professor Rawley brings a new insight: he clearly shows that the fundamental issue was not slavery as such, but race. The United States of the mid-nineteenth century was a growing land of proud people – and a land of racialists. There were many who considered slavery the only means of keeping the races separate and the social system intact. It is this issue that Professor Rawley investigates: whether the country, its egalitarian slogans notwithstanding, could tolerate the spread of Negroes, slave or free.” – Book jacket

Contents: Not for the good of the Negroes — The future is pregnant with strife — A hell of a storm — Negroes are dangerous to the state — The government has been nothing but an obstruction — The territories should be kept open for free white people — Slavery, or social subordination, must be the common law — The constitution with slavery — What a mockery is all this sympathy with the Negro.

The Battle of New Orleans – War of 1812 The Battle of New Orleans

Andrew Jackson and America’s First Military Victory

Remini, Robert V.
Viking 1999 Dewey Dec. 973.5

The Battle of New Orleans was the climactic battle of America’s “forgotten war” of 1812. Andrew Jackson led his ragtag corps of soldiers against 8,000 disciplined invading British regulars in a battle that delivered the British a humiliating military defeat. The victory solidified America’s independence and marked the beginning of Jackson’s rise to national prominence. Hailed as “terrifically readable” by the Chicago Sun Times, The Battle of New Orleans is popular American history at its best, bringing to life a landmark battle that helped define the character of the United States.

Contents: The war in the South — New Orleans — The invasion begins — The night attack — The artillery duel — Final preparations — The eighth of January — The final assault — “Who would not be an American?”

The Jacksonian Era – President Andrew Jackson Accomplishments

Remini, Robert V.
Davidson 1989 Dewey Dec. 973.5

“… a fast-paced and colorful narrative of the social, cultural, and political climate that breathed life into “Jacksonian Democracy.” In his inimitable style, Remini crafts a memorable portrait of Jackson: the young hellraiser and war hero; the stern judge; the determined campaigner; and, finally, the chief executive of the people. Other leading political figures, such as Henry Clay and Daniel Webster, are paid due attention and discussions of the vital issues of the day-the Bank War, Indian removal, the states’ rights conflict, and slavery-are nicely balanced by attention to the era’s various reform, religious, and artistic movements.” -Publisher

Contents: Hero for an age — Jacksonian democracy — Indian removal — Slavery and union — Reach for perfection — End of an age.

The United States and Mexico 1821-1848

– Volume 2

Rives, George Lockhart
1913 Dewey Dec. 973.6

A study of the relations between the two countries.

Contents: Volume I 1. The Florida Treaty 2. Mexico Achieves her Independence 3. The People of Mexico 4. The People of Mexico (continued) 5. The Northern Frontier of Mexico 6. The Permanent Settlement of Texas 7. Mexican Politics: 1824-1830 8. Mexico Resolves to Take Order with the Texans 9. Santa Anna in Control 10. President Jackson’s Offers to Purchase Texas 11. Texas in Arms 12. Texas Stands by the Constitution 13. The Mexican Invasion 14. San Jacinto 15. American Sympathy with Texas 16. Texas Proposes Annexation 17. Claims Against Mexico 18. Santa Anna Once More 19. The Republic of Texas 20. The Whigs and Mexico 21. Efforts at Mediation 22. British Proposals for Abolishing Slavery in Texas 23. Tyler’s Treaty of Annexation 24. The Election of Polk 25. The Banishment of Santa Anna 26. Congress Invites Texas to Enter the Union 27. Texas Enters the Union
Volume II 28. The Oregon Question 29. The Problems of California 30. Slidell’s Mission 31. Mexico Seeks Foreign Aid 32. Peace or War? 33. Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma 34. The Occupation of California 35. Planning a Campaign. The Occupation of New Mexico 36. Santa Anna Returns from Exile. The Wilmot Proviso 37. Monterey 38. A Plan of Campaign Developed 39. Anti-Clericalism and Anti-Slavery 40. Buena Vista 41. Chihuahua and Vera Cruz 42. Cerro Gordo 43. Scott at Puebla 44. Contreras 45. Churubusco 46. A Futile Armistice 47. The Molino del Rey and Chapultepec 48. The Capture of the City of Mexico – Final Military Operations 49. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo 50. The Treaty Ratified by the United States 51. The Conclusion of Peace

The Naval War of 1812, or, the History of the Last War with Great Britain vol 1 – Who Fought War of 1812

to which is appended an account of the Battle of New Orleans

– Volume 2

Roosevelt, Theodore
1900 Dewey Dec. 973.5

Roosevelt completed this scholarly study in 1882, just two years after graduating from Harvard. He wrote much of it while he was a law student at Columbia University. According to Roosevelt’s profile in Wikipedia, the book was a best seller, and continues to be an important study of that naval war.

Parties and Slavery 1850-1859 (American Nation, Vol. 18)

Smith, Theodore Clarke
1906 Dewey Dec. 973.6

“The aim of the volume is ‘to bring out the contrast between the old parties and their aims and the new and imperious issues. ‘ The efforts to prevent the crisis which resulted in the Civil war, and the rival habits of thought which made it inevitable are clearly shown, the effects of the struggle upon parties, legislation and the courts as well as the social and economic changes brought about by railroad development and the growth of cotton are carefully detailed.” Book Review Digest

Contents: 1. The Situation and the Problem (1850-1860) 2. The Compromise a Finality (1850-1851) 3. Politics without an Issue (1851-1853) 4. The Old Leaders and the New (1850-1860) 5. The Era of Railroad Building (1850-1857) 6. Diplomacy and Tropical Expansion (1850-1855) 7. The Kansas-Nebraska Bill (1853-1854) 8. Party Chaos in the North (1854) 9. Popular Sovereignty in Kansas (1854-1856) 10. The Failure of the Know-Nothing Party (1854-1856) 11. The Kansas Question before Congress (1856) 12. The Presidential Election (1856) 13. The Panic of 1857 (1856-1858) 14. The Supreme Court and the Slavery Question (1850-1860) 15. The Final Stage of the Kansas Struggle (1857-1858) 16. The Triumph of Douglas (1858) 17. The Irrepressible Conflict (1858-1869) 18. Foreign Affairs During the Kansas Contest (1855-1860) 19. Social Ferment in the North (1850-1860) 20. Sectionalism in the South (1850-1860) 21. Critical Essay on Authorities

Texas and the Mexican War; A Chronicle of the Winning of the Southwest

Stephenson, Nathaniel W.
New Haven: Yale University 1921 Dewey Dec. 973.5

Vol. 24 in the series ‘The Chronicles of America’.

Contents: The Empresarios – The turning point – The incompatibles – Texas secedes – Recognition – The Mexican shadow – England as a peacemaker – The International crisis of 1844 – An adventure in Imperialism – “The Hero of Buena Vista” – The stroke from the east – The pivotal action – The conquered peace

The Growth of the Nation, 1809 to 1837, from the Beginning of Madison’s Administration to that of Van Buren

Stevenson, Richard Taylor
Philadelphia: Barrie 1905 Dewey Dec. 973.5

Contents: The legacy of Jefferson – James Madison-Diplomacy – Declaration of war – Preparations for war – Middle period of the war – Last year of the war – Internal improvement to 1820 – Monroe and the “era of good feelings” – The Struggle between nationalism and particularism under Adams – Andrew Jackson-The man – Jackson’s first term – Nullification-the bank – Abolitionism – Jackson’s second term – Material progress – America-its idealism

Democracy in America vol 1

– Volume 2

– Radio Show

Tocqueville, Alexis de
1835, 1840 Dewey Dec. 973.5

Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) was a French political thinker and historian whose travels around the U.S. in 1831-32 resulted in this book, probably the most famous and most frequently-quoted description of America by a foreign observer. In addition to the books we have a link to a 1962 NBC radio dramatization.

Rise of the New West 1819-1829 (American Nation, Vol. 14)

Turner, Frederick Jackson
1906 Dewey Dec. 973.5

“Professor Turner takes up the west as an integral part of the Union, with a self-consciousness as lively as that of the east or south, with its own aims and prejudices’. . . The panic of 1819, the Missouri compromise, The Monroe doctrine in particular and the tariff disputes, internal improvements and foreign trade relations in general are fully treated.” Book Review Digest. Contains maps and bibliography. – Standard Catalog 1929

Contents: 1. Nationalism and Sectionalism (1815-1830) 2. New England (1820-1830) 3. The Middle Region (1820-1830) 4. The South (1820-1830) 5. Colonization of the West (1820-1830) 6. Social and Economic Development of the West (1820-1830) 7. Western Commerce and Ideals (1820-1830) 8. The Far West (1820-1830) 9. The Crisis of 1819 and its Results (1819-1820) 10. The Missouri Compromise (1819-1821) 11. Party Politics (1820-1822) 12. The Monroe Doctrine (1821-1830) 13. Internal Improvements (1820-1823) 14. The Tariff of 1824 (1820-1824) 15. The Election of 1824 (1822-1825) 16. President Adams and the Opposition (1825-1837) 17. Internal Improvements and Foreign Trade (1825-1829) 18. Reaction towards State Sovereignty (1816-1829) 19. The Tariff of Abominations and the South Carolina Exposition (1827-1828) 20. Critical Essay on Authorities

The Forgotten Founders: Rethinking the History of the Old West

Udall, Stewart L.
Island 2000 Dewey Dec. 973.6

Stewart Udall draws on his vast knowledge of and experience in the American West to make a compelling case that the key players in western settlement were the sturdy families who travelled great distances across forbidding terrain to establish communities there. He offers an illuminating and wide-ranging overview of western history and those who have written about it, challenging conventional wisdom on subjects ranging from Manifest Destiny to the importance of Eastern capitalists to the role of religion in westward settlement. Stewart Udall argues that the overblown and ahistorical emphasis on a “wild west” has warped our sense of the past. For the mythical Wild West, Stewart Udall substitutes a compelling description of an Old West, the West before the arrival of the railroads, which was the home place for those he calls the “wagon people,” the men and women who came, camped, settled, and stayed. He offers a portrait of the West not as a government creation or a corporate colony or a Hollywood set for feckless gold seekers and gun fighters but as primarily a land where brave and hardy people came to make a new life with their families. From Native Americans to Franciscan friars to Mormon pioneers, these were the true settlers, whose goals, according to Stewart Udall were “amity not conquest; stability, not strife; conservation, not waste; restraint, not aggression.” The Forgotten Founders offers a provocative new look at one of the most important chapters of American history, rescuing the Old West and its pioneers from the margins of history where latter-day mythmakers have dumped them.

Contents: Native peoples : the first forgotten founders — European settlers : human faces, far-flung places — Explorers and fur trappers — The religion factor in western settlement — The manifest destiny morass — California gold fever — Bootstrap capitalism in the Old West — The Wild West and the wrenching of the American chronicle — The Wild West and the settlers : contrasting visions.

Destiny and Glory

Wallace, Edward Seccomb
NY: Coward-McCann 1957 Dewey Dec. 973.6

Relates the histories of Americans in the 1850s who undertook private expeditions into various countries of Latin America to take control of areas or countries, known as “filibusters”. Two in particular are covered here: William Walker, in Nicaragua, and the female filibuster, Jane McManus Cazneau (Cora Montgomery).

Contents: The halls of Montezuma – Into Yucatan – Cuba Libre – Once more into the breach – Filibusters for flores and sorties into Sonora – Pierre Soule in a Spanish China shop – William Walker: king of the wild filibusters – The immortals – President Walker of Nicaragua – Here was Granada – The path of glory – The female of the species – The halls of Montezuma again

Guarding the Frontier; A Study of Frontier Defense from 1815 to 1825

Wesley, Edgar Bruce
University of Minnesota 1935 Dewey Dec. 973.5

“This study is concerned with the official (Federal Government) aspects of frontier defense in the decade following the War of 1812. … Chapt. 1 clarifies the definition of a frontier by distinguishing the line of settlement…, Ch. 2 gives a view of the tribes and their attitude toward the U.S. in 1815. Ch. 3 analyzes the work of Indian agents and shows how it was related to frontier defense. Ch. 4 is a history of the factory system. Ch. 5 summarizes the condition of the fur trade in 1815 … Ch. 6 traces the development of the national military policy… Ch. 7 outlines the organization of the army … Ch. 8 to 12 deal with the application of the defense policy on the various frontiers.” -Author’s Preface

History of the Invasion and Capture of Washington, and the Events which Preceded and Followed – Battle War of 1812

Williams, John S.
NY: Harper 1857 Dewey Dec. 973.5

American troops at the Battle of Bladensburg, during the War of 1812, had been blamed afterward for not preventing British troops from occupying Washington, D.C. The author undertook this study, making use of a large trove of available sources, in the hope that it could be shown that those American soldiers were in fact blameless.

Division and Reunion, 1829-1889

Wilson, Woodrow
NY: Longmans, Green 1893 Dewey Dec. 973.5

President Wilson was an academic historian before he became a University administrator and then a politician. This was a volume he contributed to the series ‘Epochs of American History’. “It is not so much a compact narrative as a rapid synopsis – as rapid as possible – of the larger features of public affairs in the crowded space of sixty years that stretches from the election of Andrew Jackson to the end of the first century of the Constitution.” – Author’s Preface

Contents: The stage of development in 1829 – Party spirit and policy under Jackson (1829-1833) – The Bank question (1829-1837) – Administration of Van Buren (1837-1841) – The slavery system – Texas and the Mexican War (1836-1848) – The territories opened to slavery (1848-1856) – Secession (1856-1861) – The Civil War (1861-1865) – Constitution and government of the Confederate states – Reconstruction (1865-1870) – Return to normal conditions (1870-1876) – The new union (1876-1889)

Select British Documents of the Canadian War of 1812 vol 1 – Who Fought War of 1812

– Volume 2

– Volume 3 Part 1

Wood, William, ed.
Toronto: Champlain Society 1920-1926 Dewey Dec. 973.5

William Charles Henry Wood (1864-1947) was a Canadian historian, soldier, scout leader and naturalist. He wrote several books on Canadian history.
Volume 1 begins with a 132-page Introduction that narrates the war. The documents are then presented in groups, as shown below. Volume 3, Part 2, which contains miscellaneous documents and an index to the set, was not found online.

Volume 1
1. Preparation. 1801-1812
2. Brock. 1812

Volume 2
3. Operations in the West: Frenchtown; and in the East: Ogdensburg. Winter of 1813
4. Operations in the West: The Maumee, Fort Meigs and Fort Stephenson, 1813
5. Operations on Lake Ontario, Spring of 1813
6. Operations on the Frontiers, Summer of 1813
7. Operations in the Lake Erie Region, 1813
8. Operations on the Montreal Frontier, 1813. Miscellaneous
9. Operations on the Niagara Frontier, December 1813

Volume 3, Part 1
10. Operations on the Frontiers, 1814
11. British Counter-Invasion of the United States, 1814
12. The End of the War, 1814-1815

The War With the United States: A Chronicle of 1812 – War of 1812 in Canada

Wood, William
Toronto: Glasgow, Brook 1915 Dewey Dec. 973.5

This is Vol 14 in the ‘Chronicles of Canada’ series, for the education of Canadian students.

Contents: 1. Opposing Claims 2. Opposing Forces 3. 1812: Off to the Front 4. 1812: Brock at Detroit and Queenston Heights 5. 1813: The Beaver Dams, Lake Erie, and Chateauguay 6. 1814: Lundy’s Lane, Plattsburg, and the Great Blockade Bibliographical Note

The Secession Conventions of the South – Causes of Civil War in America

Wooster, Ralph A.
Princeton University 1962 Dewey Dec. 973.6

In the spring and summer months of 1861, after the election of Abraham Lincoln, the legislatures of 11 of the 15 slave states called special conventions to decide what the state should do in the crisis. The legislatures in the other four states didn’t call conventions, but met for the same purpose. “Seldom in American history have representative bodies played roles of equal importance to these 11 conventions and 4 legislatures. Composed in many instances of the very elite of southern society, these gatherings assumed and wielded tremendous power. Not only did they in many instances destroy allegiance to the old government and create allegiance to a new, but they also performed such other functions as amending the existing state constitutions and preparing for the military defense of the states.” – Introduction

Contents: South Carolina – Mississippi – Alabama – Florida – Georgia – Louisiana – Texas – Virginia – Arkansas – Tennessee – North Carolina – Kentucky – Missouri – Maryland and Delaware – Conclusions

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