“Battle Cry of Freedom” by, James McPherson


Pg. 6 Growth US at mid-city = growth + negative consequences for some

·         Sectional conflict

·         Second great awakening, pt.2

Pg. 11 Economic growth

·         Transportation, roads, steamboats and macadamized roads

·         Chicago and NY trading centers

·         Telegraph

Pg. 13 Life in pre-industrialization America

·         Industrial development

·         American interchangeable parts

Pg. 16-17Ballooned frame houses= machines

Pg. 19-20 Education- Horace Mann

·         “You cannot expect to develop your resources without a general system of popular education; it is the lever to all permanent improvement.”

·         “Intelligent laborers can add much more to the capital employed in a business than there who are ignorant.”

Pg. 23 Jeffersonian vision problems with wager earners and independence

Pg. 24 Critique of Capitalism (p.24) (skip pages 24-30 if you want)

·         Wage slavery

Pg. 29 Anti-bank sentiment

Pg. 31 Butternut region

Pg. 32 Immigration and Irish

Pg. 33-36 Women (lots of stuff)

Pg. 37 Slavery as an institution

Pg. 38 Abolition movement- Theodore Weld

Pg. 39 Seward’s view on Slavery

·         Statue of cotton- ¾ world supply

Pg. 40 The differences between North and South, especially the types of people

Pg. 41 “…they are rival hostile people.”

Pg. 42 “Go West” Topic of the West

Pg. 45-46 Indian Removal


Ch2 “Mexico Will Poison Us”

Pg. 47 Polk presided over the acquisition of more territory than any other president in American History

·         Whigs opposed the war

·         Lincoln + Mexican War

·         John L. O’Sullivan

Pg. 49 Bear Flag Republic + John C. Fremont

Pg. 50 Stephan Watts Kearny

·         Nicholas Trist + Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

Pg. 51 Emerson:  “The United States will conquer Mexico, but it will be as the man swallows the arsenic which brings him down in turn, Mexico will poison us.”

Pg. 51 Slave Power Conspiracy= To expand slavery in America

Pg. 52 Wilmot Proviso

Pg. 53 Northern Dems

Pg. 54 15 slave States and 15 Free States 1847

Pg. 55 Free Soilers Question: What are their beliefs?

Pg. 56 “Southern View”  “Slavery is a positive good” not a necessary evil

Pg. 57-58 Southern Reaction to Wilmot Proviso J.C. Calhoun

Pg. 58 Concept of Popular Sovereignty

Pg. 59 “Old Rough and Ready” and “Old Fuss and Feathers” Southern Whigs support Taylor

Pg. 60-64 Taylor was slave owner

Whig Party begins to spilt into two

Anti-Slavery + Pro-Slavery (will eventually evolve into Republicans)

Liberty Party was another early anti-slavery party

Part II

Pg. 64) Gold Rush- Sutter's Mill, 

80,000,  49Ers went to CA

Congress, still fighting over extension of Slavery

California as well

Pg. 66) California wants to be a state.

Pg. 68) Lots of problems in House over political leadership

Pg. 69) The South wanted a compromise or threats to Dis-Union

Pg. 70) Compromise of 1850

The Last Big One with the Triumvirate 

Pg. 71) Daniel Webster-
           - "I wish to speak today, not as a Massachusetts man, nor as a northern man, but as an American. I speak today for the preservation of the union. Hope me for my cause...."

Pg. 72) - Calhoun's Words and Seward’s Words

Pg. 75) Steven Douglas

Pg. 74) Taylor dies

M Fillmore takes over N. Mex and CA- are applying for statehood.

Pg. 75) Omnibus Bill dies

           Stephen Douglas- Comes on scene and gets bills passed separately- CA, Fugitive Slave Law


Chapter 3 “An Empire for Slavery”

Pg. 78-80) Fugitive Slave Law
               - Slave catcher abuses

               - Personal Liberty Laws- Try to protect runaway slaves
               - Not so many slaves were running away. 100's a year.
Pg. 81-86) Resistance to Fugitive Slave Act 1850, in North
Pg. 86) Fire Eater Response to Fugitive Slave Act

Pg. 87) Georgia Platform basically advocating Secession

Pg. 88-91) Uncle's Tom Cabin

               - 300,000 couple's - 1852

               - 2 Million in 10 years, Jesus figured

Pg. 91 - 96) Stats (skim this, Then at page 96 Skip to page 102)

Southern Economic Development

70% export cotton

5% manufactured in the south

25% to the North

Shows limited Economic Situation in the South

Slavery limited the economic development



Pg. 102 Skim issue of repealing the ban of international slave trade

Pg. 103-107 Part III Cuba Discussion, Filibuster, 107

Skim to page 116, the read about the Ostend manifesto,

William Walker is an interesting story of a filibuster


Ch. 4 Slavery Run Romanism Pg. 117 -

Skip to Page 121, 
Read 121-128

Kansas Nebraska Act

Pg. 127, Lincoln of Kansas Nebraska Act.  

Slavery as a Cancer

Pg. 128 Moral argument (Lincoln)

Pg. 129 Effects of Kansas Nebraska Act on Northern Dems, Lost tons of support, seats in Legislature and House


Pg. 130 Part III Know Nothing Party

The Farewell and The Dinner