"This remarkable publication provides a captivating and brilliantly executed series of conversations among seventeen most impressive historians. These participants in a daylong conference focusing on the extraordinary years leading to the Civil War provide an incredible range of historical information that is both educational and exciting. Here is an opportunity to draw on a lively exchange between a substantial number of knowledgeable and entertaining scholars." James Oliver Horton, author of Landmarks of African American History"
Edward L. Ayers is President of the University of Richmond and the author of the Bancroft Prize winning In the Presence of Mine Enemies: War in the Heart of America, 1859 1863. Carolyn R. Martin is Executive Assistant to the President at the University of Richmond and served as chair of the planning committee for hosting the "America on the Eve of the Civil War" Signature Conference."