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Busy in the Cause: Iowa, the Free-State Struggle in the West, and the Prelude to the Civil War

Lowell J. Soike
Format
Book
Published
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2014]
Language
English
Variant Title
Iowa, the free-state struggle in the west, and the prelude to the Civil War
ISBN
9780803271890, 0803271891, 9780803273856 (epub), 9780803273863 (mobi), 9780803273849 (pdf)
Summary
"Despite the immense body of literature about the American Civil War and its causes, the nation's western involvement in the approaching conflict often gets short shrift. Slavery was the catalyst for fiery rhetoric on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line and conflicts on the western edges of the nation. Driven by questions regarding the place of slavery in westward expansion and by the increasing influence of evangelical Protestant faiths that viewed the institution as inherently sinful, political debates about slavery took on a radicalized, uncompromising fervor in states and territories west of the Mississippi River. Busy in the Cause explores the role of the Midwest in shaping national politics concerning slavery in the years leading up to the Civil War. In 1856 Iowa aided parties of abolitionists desperate to reach Kansas Territory to vote against the expansion of slavery, and evangelical Iowans assisted runaway slaves through Underground Railroad routes in Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska. Lowell J. Soike's narrative illuminates Iowa's role in the stirring western events that formed the prelude to the Civil War. "--
Description
xvi, 288 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-270) and index.
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