CROSS-POSTED REVIEW: Professor Robert J. Cook, review of The Rivers Ran Backward: The Civil war and the Remaking of the American Middle Border

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Book:

The Rivers Ran Backward: The Civil War and the Remaking of the American Middle Border

Christopher Phillips

Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2016, ISBN: 9780195187236; 528pp.; Price: £22.99

Reviewer:

Professor Robert J. Cook

University of Sussex

Citation:

Professor Robert J. Cook, review of The Rivers Ran Backward: The Civil war and the Remaking of the American Middle Border, (review no. 2051)

DOI: 10.14296/RiH/2014/2051

In 1850 Abraham Lincoln’s most celebrated rival, Stephen Douglas of Illinois, delivered an impassioned speech in the United States Senate. ‘There is a power in this nation ...,’ he averred, ‘That power is the country known as the great West – the Valley of the Mississippi, one and indivisible from the gulf to the great lakes, and stretching on the one side and the other, to the extreme sources of the Ohio and Missouri – from the Alleghanies [sic] to the Rocky mountains. There, sir, is the hope of this nation – the resting-place of the power that is not only to control, but to save the Union ... This is the mission of the great Mississippi valley, the heart and soul of the nation and the continent’.(1)

 

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Categories: Review
Keywords: review, Civil War