And the War Came: The Six Months That Tore America Apart by Jamie Malanowski

By Jamie Malanowski

To commemorate the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the Civil battle, Jamie Malanowski, lead author of the recent York occasions’ hugely acclaimed Disunion weblog, masterfully recounts the origins of America’s maximum nationwide tragedy in actual time. Drawing on diaries, speeches, and newspaper debts of the six months prime as much as the 1st pictures fired on fortress Sumter, "And the warfare got here" chronicles the occasions that tore the country aside, and delves into the hearts and minds of the lads and girls who attempted in useless to prevent a clash on American soil. From the arguable election of Abraham Lincoln in November 1860 and the failed Crittenden Compromise to the secession of 7 Southern states and the election of Jefferson Davis, Malanowski attracts indelible pix of the politicians and squaddies who managed the country’s future. And by way of unfolding, week through week, the main matters and emotional nuances that resulted in the Civil conflict, he sheds new gentle at the darkest interval in American historical past.


Jamie Malanowski has been an editor at "Time," "Esquire," and "Spy" and is the writer of the unconventional "The Coup."


This is a unprecedented assortment, a highly very important deep-dive into the tough waters of Civil battle stories, performed with provocative perception, nice scholarship and actually unique considering. As we confront the tough truths and protracted relevance of an important occasion in American background, at the celebration of its one hundred and fiftieth anniversary, it really is comforting to have this quantity as a advisor and a goad. —Ken Burns, director and author of "The Civil War"

“When Jamie Malanowski, whose expertise as a author I got here to recognize once we labored jointly at 'Spy' a quarter-century in the past, wrote his first few pre-Civil warfare columns for the the 'New York instances' final year—terrific money owed of the gloomy prelude to our nation’s bloodiest and so much formative chapter—I wrote to him, underscoring the nice impression his paintings at the interval may have. That his articles at the subject may sometime be released in a collection—as they've been performed during this encouraged e-book—seemed, even then, the common plan of action. The record of Civil conflict historians is frightfully lengthy. however the actually capable reporters between them are really few. And Jamie Malanowski, as readers of 'And the battle got here' will fast become aware of, isn't just on that brief checklist, yet probably someplace very close to the top.” —Graydon Carter, Editor-in-Chief, "Vanity Fair"

“Jamie Malanowski brings a historian’s eye and a journalist’s ear to bring a panoramic trip via America’s so much perilous 12 months. analyzing 'And the battle got here' is like re-living the increase of Lincoln and the autumn of nationwide team spirit in actual time.” —Harold Holzer, Chairman, Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation

"The Civil conflict is a kind of occasions we expect we all know chilly. yet I warrantly you that Jamie Malanowski's riveting, daily chronicle of the lead-up to conflict will fill gaps you did not understand you had, deepening and enriching your feel of the main politically consequential six months in American background. 'And the conflict got here' is the subsequent neatest thing to time travel." —Kurt Andersen, writer of "Heyday"

“History occurs, particularly in the course of nationwide crises, in disjointed, unpredictable, and infrequently completely staggering methods. Jamie Malanowski's ‘And the conflict Came,’ in keeping with the hot York instances' superb ‘Disunion’ sequence, demonstrates with verve and riveting aspect, how americans collapsed into secession and warfare in 1860–61. Malanowski writes with knowledgeable readability; this e-book should be an enduring list of our personal commemorative second in addition to a permanent paintings of fine history.” —David W. Blight
Yale college, writer of "American Oracle: The Civil conflict within the Civil Rights period"

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Said Lincoln, his exasperation evident. “Is it that no interference by the government with slaves or slavery within the states is intended? ” But to the South, Lincoln is but the tip of the spear. ” Republicans are coming to Washington not just with an eye to stopping the expansion of slavery. Their program also includes higher tariffs, which will increase the power of Northern manufacturers; support for the railroads, which will lead to the settlement of the West and to the creation of who knows how many anti-slavery states between the Mississippi and the Pacific; and unrestrained immigration.

Maryland, Kentucky, and North Carolina are split, but Douglas has no support among the voters of those states. It’s conceivable that Lincoln could wrestle away his home state, Illinois; the Democrats outnumber Republicans in that delegation five to four, but Lincoln is enormously popular and might take it. That would still leave him one frustratingly elusive vote short, with virtually no chance of finding it among the staunchly pro-slavery delegations that remain. In a real sense then, next week we will witness not one election among four men, but two elections between two pairs: Lincoln vs.

With that answer, Mr. Douglas dismissed the purported right to secede that the South so cherishes and surrendered his claim as the only man who could be counted on to keep the Union together. Now that task falls to a president who received fewer than four votes in ten; a president who is purely the creature of only one section of the country; a president who, apart from one undistinguished term in the House of Representatives a decade ago, has no experience in public office at the federal level (Lincoln was in the state legislature in Illinois for several terms, however much or little you value that); a president who comes from a Republican Party that has been stitched together from various interests, who will be asked to work with a Congress whose two houses are controlled by Democrats.

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