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Author Soike, Lowell J

Title Busy in the cause : Iowa, the free-state struggle in the west, and the prelude to the Civil War / Lowell J. Soike
Published Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (288 pages) : illustrations
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."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject American Civil War (1861-1865)
Antislavery movements -- Iowa -- History -- 19th century
Abolitionists -- Iowa -- History -- 19th century
HISTORY -- United States -- Civil War Period (1850-1877)
HISTORY -- United States -- State & Local -- Midwest (IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI)
HISTORY -- United States -- State & Local -- General.
Antislavery movements.
Politics and government.
War -- Causes.
Iowa -- Politics and government -- 19th century
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Causes
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2013045096
ISBN 9780803273849 (electronic bk.)
0803273843 (electronic bk.)
130657918X (electronic bk.)
9781306579186 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Iowa, the free-state struggle in the west, and the prelude to the Civil War