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The Resource Break it up : secession, division, and the secret history of America's imperfect union, Richard Kreitner

Break it up : secession, division, and the secret history of America's imperfect union, Richard Kreitner

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Break it up : secession, division, and the secret history of America's imperfect union
Title
Break it up
Title remainder
secession, division, and the secret history of America's imperfect union
Statement of responsibility
Richard Kreitner
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
  • eng
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
From journalist and historian Richard Kreitner, a "powerful revisionist account" of the most persistent idea in American history: these supposedly United States should be broken up (Eric Foner). The novel and fiery thesis of Break It Up is simple: the United States has never lived up to its name -- and never will. The disunionist impulse may have found its greatest expression in the Civil War, but as Break It Up shows, the seduction of secession wasn't limited to the South or the nineteenth century. With a scholar's command and a journalist's curiosity, Kreitner takes readers on a revolutionary journey through American history, revealing the power and persistence of disunion movements in every era and region. Each New England town after Plymouth was a secession from another; the thirteen colonies viewed their Union as a means to the end of securing independence, not an end in itself; George Washington feared separatism west of the Alleghenies; Aaron Burr schemed to set up a new empire; John Quincy Adams brought a Massachusetts town's petition for dissolving the United States to the floor of Congress; and abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison denounced the Constitution as a pro-slavery pact with the devil. From the "cold civil war" that pits partisans against one another to the modern secession movements in California and Texas, the divisions that threaten to tear America apart today have centuries-old roots in the earliest days of our Republic. Richly researched and persuasively argued, Break It Up will help readers make fresh sense of our fractured age
Cataloging source
TOH
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1990-
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Kreitner, Richard
Dewey number
  • 320.973
  • 973
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
JK311
LC item number
.K74 2020
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Secession
  • Polarization (Social sciences)
  • States' rights (American politics)
  • United States
  • United States
Label
Break it up : secession, division, and the secret history of America's imperfect union, Richard Kreitner
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 383-468) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1153029661
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 486 pages
Isbn
9780316510608
Lccn
2019954347
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
Label
Break it up : secession, division, and the secret history of America's imperfect union, Richard Kreitner
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 383-468) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1153029661
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 486 pages
Isbn
9780316510608
Lccn
2019954347
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map

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