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War to the knife : bleeding Kansas, 1854-1861 (original 1988; edition 2004)

by Th. Goodrich

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Title:War to the knife : bleeding Kansas, 1854-1861
Authors:Th. Goodrich
Info:Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2004].
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Tags:John Brown, Abolitionism, Slavery, Slavery in the "New World"

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War to the knife by Thomas Goodrich (1988)



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This is a particularly pernicious pro-slavery account, all the more shocking for having been written in 1998. It's shocking that human beings such as Thomas Goodrich roam the earth and publish the praises of noble slave holders who treated their slaves so well. Read this only as you would study a monster in a strange zoo, trying to understand how it thinks.

By the way, the phrase "War to the Knife" is a giveaway of this author's sentiments - "War to the knife, knife to the hilt" was a slogan of the proslavery forces in Kansas. ( )
  hereandthere | Apr 8, 2013 |
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Long before the secession crisis at Fort Sumter ignited the War between the States, men fought and died on the prairies of Kansas over the incendiary issue of slavery. “War to the knife and knife to the hilt,” cried the Atchison Squatter Sovereign.

In 1854 a shooting war developed between proslavery men from Missouri and free-staters in Kansas over control of the territory. The prize was whether Kansas would become a slave or a free state when admitted to the Union, a question that could decide the balance of power in Washington. War to the Knife is an absorbing account of a bloody episode in our nation's past, told in the unforgettable words of the men and women involved: Robert E. Lee, William Tecumseh Sherman, Sara Robinson, Jeb Stuart, Abraham Lincoln, William F. Cody, and John Brown—hailed as a prophet by some, denounced as a madman by others.

Because the conflict soon spread east, events in “Bleeding Kansas” have largely been forgotten. But as historian Thomas Goodrich reveals in this compelling saga, what America's “first civil war” lacked in numbers, it more than made up for in ferocity.

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