Journals Higher Education
Important OUP's Response to COVID-19 Learn more



Published: 30 April 1992

416 Pages | 10 b/w illus.

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195074819

Also Available As:


Bookseller Code (06)


America in 1857

A Nation on the Brink

Kenneth M. Stampp

"[A] splendidly lucid, elegantly crafted, and exciting narrative"--New York Newsday. "His sweeping survey ably demonstrates how the growing tension between North and South reached 'the political point of no return'"--Publishers Weekly. "A skillfull narrative about a pivotal year...featuring the author's usual judicious analysis"--Kirkus Reviews. From the Mormon rebellion to the Dred Scott decision to open warfare in Kansas to the Panic of 1857, it was a year when the troubled nation finally spun out of control. This fast-paced account by an eminent historian draws all the dramatic details together in a brilliant account of the forces tearing apart the Union.

Also of Interest