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The panic of 1857 and the coming of the Civil War /
James L. Huston.
imprint
Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c1987.
description
xviii, 315 p.
ISBN
0807113689
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imprint
Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c1987.
isbn
0807113689
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
1790797
 
Bibliography: p. [283]-306.
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Appeared in Choice on 1988-04:
This is the first full-length study in 45 years of the 1857 economic downturn. Based on an intensive culling of newspapers and periodicals, Huston gives great detail about opinions, swings of press reactions, and arguments concerning the causes and severity of the panic and the extent of the depression that followed. He also seeks to link these events to the growing political schism on the national level. The author includes a few historiographic commentaries that are thoughtful and generally sound, as is the general, unsurprising conclusion that the events had little or no impact on the pressures that drove the nation into the Civil War. This volume elaborates and extends previous work on the social impact of the Panic, but without much awareness of the exciting new social history currently in vogue. It is also weak on the contributions of economic and political historians, such as Allan Bogue's The Earnest Men (CH, Apr '82), Joel H. Silbey's The Shrine of Party: Congressional Voting Behavior, 1841-1852 (CH, Sep '67), and the works of Richard E. Sylla, Charles P. Kindleberger, and Robert Sobel on banking and financial panics. Finally, the rather simplistic use of political statistics at the end of the book reflect an overarching lack of sophistication and rigor in a work that seems excessively plodding and conventional.-M. Rothstein, University of California, Davis
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