War to the Knife: Bleeding Kansas, 1854-1861 [Thomas Goodrich] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. 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.
“Bleeding Kansas” was a term used by Horace Greeley durin His straight-forward prose and patriotic fervor has appeared through all of his documentations on historic events. War to the Knife: Bleeding Kansas 1854-1861 was published in 1998, contributing to the author’s collection by providing a detailed account of territorial tension before the Civil War.
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. War to the Knife is a …
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.
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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 excellent popular history of the Bleeding Kansas affair of the 1850s that was a preview of the much larger Civil War that engulfed the entire country in the next decade. This book tells the story of that conflict from the point of view of contemporary voices.
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Brown’s death, Goodrich tells us, was the final chapter of a series of events begun on the plains of Kansas five years earlier. From Brown’s execution, Goodrich’s account returns to «Bleeding Kansas,» where Free Soilers for seven years battled to prevent proslavery Southerners from establishing bondsmanship in the Kansas Territory.