We Have the War Upon Us
the onset of the Civil War, November 1860-April 1861
"The future is . . . shrouded in the very blackness of darkness"
"We need a statesman of nerve to meet the terrible crisis"
"The prospects for the country are gloomy"
"Up with polly, down with wisdom is the order of the day"
"You can still this storm"
"Fraternity is the element of the union"
"The quicksands that environ our ship of state"
Epilogue : "Both sides marching to fields of blood"
From the critics
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"... helps us understand what the major actors said and did: the Republican party, the Democratic party, southern secessionists, southern Unionists; why the pro-compromise forces lost; and why the American tradition of sectional compromise failed."
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