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

By Jamie Malanowski

To commemorate the a hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the Civil conflict, Jamie Malanowski, lead author of the recent York occasions’ hugely acclaimed Disunion weblog, masterfully recounts the origins of America’s maximum nationwide tragedy in genuine time. Drawing on diaries, speeches, and newspaper debts of the six months prime as much as the 1st photographs fired on citadel Sumter, "And the struggle got here" chronicles the occasions that tore the state 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 debatable 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 snap shots of the politicians and squaddies who managed the country’s future. And through unfolding, week by means of week, the main concerns and emotional nuances that ended 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 radical "The Coup."


This is a unprecedented assortment, a highly vital deep-dive into the tricky waters of Civil warfare reviews, performed with provocative perception, nice scholarship and really unique pondering. As we confront the tough truths and protracted relevance of crucial occasion in American historical past, at the party of its one hundred and fiftieth anniversary, it truly 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 after 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 bills of the gloomy prelude to our nation’s bloodiest and such a lot formative chapter—I wrote to him, underscoring the good effect his paintings at the interval may need. 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 average plan of action. The record of Civil battle historians is frightfully lengthy. however the really capable newshounds between them are awfully few. And Jamie Malanowski, as readers of 'And the battle got here' will quick observe, 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 carry a panoramic trip via America’s so much perilous yr. examining 'And the battle got here' is like re-living the increase of Lincoln and the autumn of nationwide cohesion in genuine time.” —Harold Holzer, Chairman, Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation

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

“History occurs, in particular in the course of nationwide crises, in disjointed, unpredictable, and infrequently totally stunning methods. Jamie Malanowski's ‘And the struggle Came,’ in accordance with the hot York occasions' remarkable ‘Disunion’ sequence, demonstrates with verve and riveting element, how americans collapsed into secession and conflict in 1860–61. Malanowski writes with trained readability; this ebook may be a long-lasting checklist of our personal commemorative second in addition to a permanent paintings of fine history.” —David W. Blight
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Oddly, Senator Charles Sumner, the ardent abolitionist from Massachusetts, has in a rather different way reached the same conclusion: Limiting slavery will kill slavery. And so the slaveholders seek to expand, although whether they can go further north and west is more than a political question; there is much doubt whether the climate and crops of western America would sustain slavery. But all doubts vanish when they turn their backs to the north and see rimming the Gulf of Mexico verdant lands that could, and have, enriched slaveholding planters.

Did official results from New York arrive, and the expected close contest in the make-or-break state never appeared: The one-time rail-splitter won by 50,000 votes. ” Outside, pandemonium had been unleashed, but Abraham Lincoln partook of none it, and instead put on his hat and walked home to bed. “The Republican pulse continues to beat high,” exulted a correspondent for The New York Times. “Chanticleer is perched on the back of the American Eagle, and with flapping wings and a sonorous note proclaims his joy at the victory.

Verbatim The Union Is Over Florence Gazette (Alabama), November 28, 1860 The election of a President, of any party, is in itself a matter of but temporary importance, and affords, as we have often said, no valid ground for the dissolution of the Government; but the fact once clearly established, that henceforth and forever the north and the south would be arrayed as hostile sections in a contest which could end only by the subjugation of one or the other, and in which the weaker would rapidly become still weaker and the stronger gain strength—this fact once clearly established, as it has been by the last Presidential election, proves that the Union between those two sections has practically ceased to exist, and that its mere forms are but as the chain binding together deadly enemies sharing a common doom.

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