Numerous cross-referenced entries on prominent individuals, including Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun, Robert E. Lee, and Abraham Lincoln, as well as others on policies of the time that have since slipped into oblivion are all covered in this book. Economic, social and religious backgrounds trace the seemingly inevitable path to secession, war, and defeat. This reference also includes an introductory essay, a chronology, and a bibliography of the epoch.
William L. Richter is a retired businessman turned historian, who has written a half dozen books and over two dozen scholarly articles and book reviews emphasizing the Antebellum South, the Civil War and Reconstruction. He is the author of Historical Dictionary of the Civil War and Reconstruction (Scarecrow Press, Inc. 2004).