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The war before the war : fugitive slaves and the struggle for America's soul from the Revolution to the Civil War
2019 by Penguin Books, New York :
xxi, 453 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
First published by Penguin Press, 2018.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 397-441) and index.
The long fuse : The problem ; Slavery and the Founders ; A compromised Constitution ; The first test ; Caught ; War of words ; Into the courts -- The fuse is lit : To the brink ; State of the Union ; The last truce ; Explosion ; Trials of conscience ; The end of compromise ; "And the war came."
Explains how fugitive slaves escaping from the South to the northern states awakened northerners to the true nature of slavery and how the Compromise of 1850 and the Fugitive Slave Act divided the nation and set it on the path to civil war.