The Featured Articles are a sort of ‘Hall of Fame’ in a blog without a lot of fame. These posts were notable for some reason, or I just like them.

The ‘Dred Scott’ post obtained over 600 hits in a single day. I’m not sure why, but there it is. ‘Fall of Rome’ is my thoughts on why the west died while the east did not.

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Northern Men with Southern Loyalties – Michael Todd Landis

The Democratic Party and the Sectional Crisis

This book is a great complement to the previous book Slave Power.  That book describes the start of the process, while this book details the final decade as the Democratic Party failed to meet the challenge of how to reconcile the power of the slaveholding bloc in national politics with the increasing reluctance of the northern voter to accept the situation.

The poster child of the 1850s rift is the “doughface”, a term that originated in a diatribe of a southerner over how easy it was to manipulate northern politicians.  When it begins to be a term used by your own voters, you have an image problem.

The book is a short, but detailed look at the inner workings of the 1850s Democratic Party, by then the one national based party.  As the dominant force, it had the fate of the nation in its hand, and the result was continual sectional crisis, division, a virtual civil war in Kansas, and eventually the breakup of its own party and true national warfare.

The inner workings of the Democratic Party were the essential forces causing the problem, not outside agitation or other forces.  This book exposes that in a short and clear way.  No party ever had such a dominating position in history, and yet within a decade it had all crumbed to dust.

I’ll be reading this one again, like I do America in Kenneth views into political collapse.


  1. The Slave Power — Leonard L. Richards Leave a reply
  2. Challenge of Battle – Adrian Gilbert Leave a reply
  3. The Rzhev Slaughterhouse – Svetlana Gerasimova Leave a reply
  4. Valley Thunder – Charles R. Knight Leave a reply
  5. The Siege of Lexington, Missouri – Larry Wood Leave a reply
  6. AD 69 – Emperors, Armies and Anarchy – Nic Fields Leave a reply
  7. The Counterrevolution of Slavery – Manisha Sinha Leave a reply
  8. The Conquering Tide – Ian W. Toll Leave a reply
  9. Confederate Reckoning – Stephanie McCurry Leave a reply