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Richards, Leonard L.

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Works: 26 works in 143 publications in 2 languages and 7,043 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Sources 
Roles: Author
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Most widely held works by Leonard L Richards
Gentlemen of property and standing; anti-abolition mobs in Jacksonian America by Leonard L Richards( Book )

35 editions published between 1970 and 2005 in English and held by 1,562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A generation before the Civil War, riots flared up in many Northern cities. In New York, Boston, Utica, and Cincinnati mobs broke up anti-slavery meetings, tormented free blacks, and razed the Negro quarters; and in Alton, Illinois, the newspaper editor Elijah Lovejoy was slain. What motivated these zealous northern anti-abolitionists? Who were they, and why were they so hostile to antislavery movements? Judiciously applying modern social science methods to the newspaper accounts, court records, and correspondence of the time, Mr. Richards reconstitutes these mobs, examines the pattern of their action, and defines the structure of prejudice in the antebellum North. His book leads to a radical revision of ideas about the Jacksonian era and, in its insight into mob psychology, it has extraordinary relevance to public disorders in America today. Until the early 1830s most activity on behalf of Negro slaves centered on returning them to Africa. In 1831, however, William Lloyd Garrison established a frankly abolitionist organization which opposed ideas of African colonization; and many respectable people both in the North and the South--doctors, lawyers, merchants and bankers, judges and congressmen--began to be terrified of the effect the abolitionists presumably would have on the Negroes. Mr. Richards's investigation proves conclusively that while the riots of the 1830s often appeared to be spontaneous, they usually involved planning and organization, and depended for their support in every major case on the leading citizens of the communities involved--the 'gentlemen of property and standing, ' as Garrison characterized those who opposed his abolitionist goals. They rioted not only to save the Union from disruption and civil war, but to protect their social dominance in Northern society and to reassert traditional values. In addition to its value as a study of northern anti-abolitionism, the book reveals many links between racism and violence in American society, and indicates why violence may be the hallmark of one decade and die away in another."--Dust jacket flaps
The California Gold Rush and the coming of the Civil War by Leonard L Richards( Book )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 1,242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It has always been understood that the 1848 discovery of gold in the Sierra Nevada influenced the battle over the admission of California to the Union. Now, historian Richards makes clear the links between the Gold Rush and many of the regional crises in the lead-up to the Civil War. Richards explains how Southerners envisioned California as a new market for slaves, only to be frustrated by California's prohibition of slavery. Still, they schemed to tie California to the South with a southern-routed railroad and worked to split off the southern half as a separate slave state. Richards recounts political battles in Washington and feuds, duels, and perhaps outright murder in California as the state came close to being divided in two.--From publisher description
Shays's Rebellion : the American Revolution's final battle by Leonard L Richards( Book )

13 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 1,068 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The importance of Shay's Rebellion has never been fully appreciated, chiefly because Shays and his followers have always been viewed as a small group of poor farmers and debtors protesting local civil authority. In Shays's Rebellion: The American Revolution's Final Battle, Leonard Richards reveals that this perception is misleading, that the rebellion was much more widespread than previously thought, and that the participants and their supporters actually represented whole communities - the wealthy and the poor, the influential and the weak, even members of some of the best Massachusetts families
The life and times of Congressman John Quincy Adams by Leonard L Richards( Book )

9 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 916 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This covers the lasts years of John Quincy Adams in his congressional career in great detail
Who freed the slaves? : the fight over the Thirteenth Amendment by Leonard L Richards( Book )

9 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 778 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the popular imagination, slavery in the United States ended with Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. The proclamation may have been limited--freeing only slaves within Confederate states who were able to make their way to Union lines--but it is nonetheless generally seen as the key moment, with Lincoln's leadership setting into motion a train of inevitable events that culminated in the passage of an outright ban: the Thirteenth Amendment. The real story, however, is much more complicated (and dramatic) than that. With Who Freed the Slaves?, distinguished historian Leonard L. Richards tells the little known story of the battle over the Thirteenth Amendment and of James Ashley, the unsung Ohio congressman who proposed the amendment and steered it to passage. Taking readers to the floor of Congress and the back rooms where deals were made, Richards brings to life the messy process of legislation--a process made all the more complicated by the bloody war and the deep-rooted fear of black emancipation. We watch as Ashley proposes, fine-tunes, and pushes the amendment even as Lincoln drags his feet, only coming aboard and providing crucial support at the last minute. Even as emancipation became the law of the land, Richards shows, its opponents were already regrouping, beginning what would become a decades-long--and largely successful--fight to limit the amendment's impact."--Jacket
The slave power : the free North and southern domination, 1780-1860 by Leonard L Richards( Book )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and held by 693 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Richards, "elucidates just how the southern Democratic slaveholders, with the help of some northerners, assumed, protected, and eventually lost a dominance that extended from the White House to the Speaker's chair to the Supreme Court. [He] reveals in a direct and compelling way the importance of slavery in the structure of national politics from the earliest moments of the federal Union through the emergence of the Republican Party."--Cover
The American record : images of the nation's past( Book )

22 editions published between 1982 and 2006 in English and held by 353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The California Gold Rush and the coming of the Civil War by Leonard L Richards( )

11 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this revelatory study, award-winning historian Leonard L. Richards makes clear the links between the Gold Rush and the Civil War. Richards explains how Southerners envisioned California as a new market for slaves for digging for gold, schemed to tie California to the South via railroad, and imagined splitting off the state's southern half for a slave state. We see how the Gold Rush influenced other regional and national squabbles, and we meet renegade New York Democrat David Broderick, who became a force in San Francisco politics in 1849, and his archrival, William Gwin, a major Mississippi slaveholder. Richards recounts the political battles alongside the fiery California feuds, duels, and, perhaps, outright murders as the state came shockingly close to being divided in two
The advent of American democracy, 1815-1848 by Leonard L Richards( Book )

3 editions published between 1976 and 1977 in English and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A return to his native town : Martin Van Buren's life at Lindenwald, 1839-1862 : a historic resource study by Leonard L Richards( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gentlemen of property and standing : a study of Northern anti-abolition mobs by Leonard L Richards( )

4 editions published between 1968 and 1974 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gentlemen of property and standing a study of northern and anti-abolotin mobs by Leonard L Richards( )

2 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A guide to class discussion, the American record, images of the nation's past by William Graebner( )

2 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Community development in Alberta by Leonard Richards( )

2 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shay's Rebellion : the American Revolution's final battle by Leonard L Richards( Recording )

2 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the bitter winter of 1786-87, Daniel Shays, a modest farmer and Revolutionary War veteran, and his compatriot Luke Day led an unsuccessful armed rebellion against the state of Massachusetts. Their desperate struggle was fueled by the injustice of a regressive tax system and a conservative state government that seemed no better than British colonial rule. But despite the immediate failure of this local call-to-arms in the Massachusetts countryside, the event fundamentally altered the course of American history. Shays and his army of 4,000 rebels so shocked the young nation's governing elite ... that ultimately the Articles of Confederation were discarded in favor of a new constitution ... In [this book, the author] reveals that ... the rebellion was much more widespread than previously thought, and that the participants and their supporters actually represented whole communities - the wealthy and the poor, the influential and the weak, and even members of some of the best Massachusetts families. [The author] provides a clear picture of the insurgency, capturing the spirit of the rebellion, the reasons for the revolt, and its long-term impact on the participants, the state of Massachusetts, and the nation as a whole.-Dust jacket
The American record. images of the nation's past( Recording )

2 editions published between 1982 and 2006 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using primary and secondary source material and numerous photographs and illustrations [this book] presents history through a broad perspective. [The authors] have attempted to bridge the gap between the old history and the new, to graft excitement and variety of modern approaches to the past on [a] chronological and topical framework.-Pref
Gentlemen of property and standing : anti-abolition mobs in Jacksonian America Leonard L. Richards by Leonard L Richards( )

1 edition published in 1970 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Community development; a Method in public administration by Leonard Richards( )

2 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La folla antiabolizionista: la violenza e il suo superamento by Leonard L Richards( )

in Italian and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

John Adams and the moderate Federalists : the Cape Fear Valley as a test case by Leonard L Richards( )

1 edition published in 1966 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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The California Gold Rush and the coming of the Civil War
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Shays's Rebellion : the American Revolution's final battleThe slave power : the free North and southern domination, 1780-1860The American record : images of the nation's pastThe California Gold Rush and the coming of the Civil War
Alternative Names
Richards, Leonard.

Richards, Leonard 1934-

Languages
English (136)

Italian (1)