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Title An irrepressible conflict : the Empire State in the Civil War / Robert Weible, Jennifer A. Lemak, and Aaron Noble ; with a foreword by Harold Holzer.
Author Weible, Robert.
Publication Albany : State University of New York Press, 2014.
Description xx, 268 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 22 x 28 cm.
Call # 973.7447 W
Series Excelsior editions
Excelsior editions.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "An Irrepressible Conflict documents the pivotal role New York State played in our nation's bloodiest and most enduring conflict. As the wealthiest and most populous state in the Union, the Empire State led all others in supplying men, money, and material to the causes of unity and freedom. New York's experience provides significant insight into the reasons why the war was fought and the meaning that the Civil War holds today. A companion to the award-winning exhibition of the same name, displayed at the New York State Museum from September 2012 to March 2014, An Irrepressible Conflict includes reproductions of objects from the collections of the New York State Museum, Library, and Archives, as well as more than twenty-five different institutions across the state. Among the many significant objects are a Lincoln life mask from 1860 from the New-York Historical Society; the earliest photograph of Frederick Douglass (a rare 8" x 10" daguerreotype image, courtesy of the Onondaga Historical Association); the only known portrait of Dred Scott, also from New-York Historical Society; and a bronze medal given to the defenders of Fort Sumter by the City of New York from the museum's own collection. The title is inspired by an 1858 quote from then US Senator William H. Seward, who also served as governor of New York (1839-42) and Secretary of State (1861-69). Seward disagreed with those who believed that the prospect of war between the North and South was the work of "fanatical agitators." He understood that the roots of conflict went far deeper, writing, 'It is an irrepressible conflict, between opposing and enduring forces, and it means that the United States must and will, sooner or later, become either entirely a slave-holding nation or entirely a free-labor nation'"--Publisher's description.
Contents Introduction / Robert Weible -- Antebellum New York / Jennifer A. Lemak -- The Civil War, 1861-1865 / Aaron Noble -- Reconstruction and legacy / Jennifer A. Lemak, Robert Weible.
Subject New York (State) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Exhibitions.
New York (State) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Sources -- Exhibitions.
New York (State) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Pictorial works -- Exhibitions.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Sources -- Exhibitions.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Pictorial works -- Exhibitions.
American Civil War (1861-1865) (OCoLC)fst01351658
New York (State) (OCoLC)fst01210280
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
1861-1865
Genre Exhibition catalogs. (OCoLC)fst01424028
Exhibition, pictorial works. (OCoLC)fst01424187
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Addl. Author Lemak, Jennifer A.
Noble, Aaron.
ISBN 1438453485 (paperback) :
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