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400 Years Of Freethought
Samuel Porter Putnam
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The Impending Crisis, 1848-1861

The Impending Crisis: America Before the Civil War, 1848-1861 - David Morris Potter, Don E. Fehrenbacher Henry Steele Commager introduces this posthumous edition of Potter’s magnum opus (completed by Fehrenbacher) by praising Potter’s ability to see that although “slavery was indeed the overshadowing problem of the decade,” it seems not to have “monopolized the politics of the decade as it now tends to monopolize its history.” (xiv) And Potter does come back to this point again and again. Lincoln was hardly a household name in 1850, and it was far from inevitable in the minds of most Americans that slavery would lead to secession, emancipation, and Civil War.