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Washington Brotherhood: Politics, Social Life, and the Coming of the Civil War

Rachel A. Shelden


Traditional portrayals of politicians in antebellum Washington, D.C., describe a violent and divisive society, full of angry debates and violent duels, a microcosm of the building animosity throughout the country. Yet, this book paints a more nuanced portrait of Washington as a less fractious city with a vibrant social and cultural life. Politicians from different parties and sections of the country interacted in a variety of day-to-day activities outside traditional political spaces and came to know one another on a personal level. The author shows that this engagement by figures such as Step ... More

Keywords: politicians, Washington, Stephen Douglas, John Crittenden, Abraham Lincoln, Alexander Stephens, lawmakers, sectional disputes, slavery, housing records

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781469610856
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9781469610863_Shelden


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rachel A. Shelden, author