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Cooper, William J. Jr (William James) 1940-

Overview
Works: 20 works in 200 publications in 1 language and 14,525 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Textbooks  Sources  Archives  Art 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Other
Classifications: E467.1.D26, B
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Most widely held works by William J Cooper
Jefferson Davis, American by William J Cooper( Book )

11 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 1,851 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"West Point graduate, secretary of war under President Pierce, U.S. senator from Mississippi - how was it that this statesman and patriot came to be president of the Confederacy, leading the struggle to destroy the United States? This is the question at the center of William Cooper's biography of Jefferson Davis. Basing his account on the massive archival record left by Davis and his family and associates, Cooper delves not only into the events of Davis's public and personal life but also into the ideas that shaped and compelled him."--Jacket
The American South : a history by William J Cooper( Book )

52 editions published between 1990 and 2017 in English and held by 1,407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comprehensive history of the American South
Liberty and slavery : southern politics to 1860 by William J Cooper( Book )

17 editions published between 1983 and 2000 in English and held by 1,030 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The South and the politics of slavery, 1828-1856 by William J Cooper( Book )

17 editions published between 1978 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 956 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The politics of slavery consumed the political world of the antebellum South. Although local economic, ethnic, and religious issues tended to dominate northern antebellum politics, The South and the Politics of Slavery convincingly argues that national and slavery-related issues were the overriding concerns of southern politics during these years. Accordingly, southern voters saw their parties, both Democratic and Whig, as the advocates and guardians of southern rights in the nation. William Cooper traces and analyzes the history of southern politics from the formation of the Democratic party
The conservative regime: South Carolina, 1877-1890 by William J Cooper( Book )

18 editions published between 1868 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 928 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We have the war upon us : the onset of the Civil War, November 1860-April 1861 by William J Cooper( Book )

7 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 818 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this work the author presents a revisionist account of the period between Lincoln's election and the firing on Fort Sumter, evaluating the contributions of key figures and the circumstances that contributed to the Civil War's inevitability. In this carefully researched book the author gives us a fresh perspective on the period between Abraham Lincoln's election in November 1860 and the firing on Fort Sumter in April 1861, during which all efforts to avoid or impede secession and prevent war failed. Here is the story of the men whose decisions and actions during the crisis of the Union resulted in the outbreak of the Civil War. Sectional compromise had been critical in the history of the country, from the Constitutional Convention of 1787 through to 1860, and was a hallmark of the nation. On several volatile occasions political leaders had crafted solutions to the vexing problems dividing North and South. During the postelection crisis many Americans assumed that once again a political compromise would settle yet another dispute. Instead, in those crucial months leading up to the clash at Fort Sumter; that tradition of compromise broke down and a rapid succession of events led to the great cataclysm in American history, the Civil War. All Americans did not view this crisis from the same perspective. Strutting southern fire-eaters designed to break up the Union. Some Republicans, crowing over their electoral triumph, evinced little concern about the threatened dismemberment of the country. Still others, northerners and southerners, antislave and proslave alike, strove to find an equitable settlement that would maintain the Union whole. The author captures the sense of contingency, showing Americans in these months as not knowing where decisions would lead, how events would unfold. The people who populate these pages could not foresee what war, if it came, would mean, much less predict its outcome. This book helps us understand what the major actors said and did: the Republican party, the Democratic party, southern secessionists, southern Unionists; why the pro-compromise forces lost; and why the American tradition of sectional compromise failed. It reveals how the major actors perceived what was happening and the reasons they gave for their actions: Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, Stephen A. Douglas, William Henry Seward, John J. Crittenden, Charles Francis Adams, John Tyler, James Buchanan, and a host of others. Here is written a full account of the North and the South, Republicans and Democrats, sectional radicals and sectional conservatives that deepens our insight into what is still one of the most controversial periods in American history
Writing the Civil War : the quest to understand( Book )

8 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 739 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jefferson Davis and the Civil War era by William J Cooper( Book )

10 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cooper narrows his focus considerably in Jefferson Davis and the Civil War Era, training his expert eye specifically on Davis's participation in and influence on events central to the American Civil War. Nine self-contained essays address how Davis reacted to and dealt with a variety of issues that were key to the coming of the war, the war itself, or in memorializing the war, sharply illuminating Davis's role during those turbulent years
A Master's due : essays in honor of David Herbert Donald( Book )

5 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jefferson Davis : the essential writings by Jefferson Davis( Book )

16 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume, the first of its kind, is a selected collection of Davis's writings culled in large part from the authoritative Papers of Jefferson Davis, a multivolume edition of his letters and speeches published by the Louisiana State University Press, and includes thirteen documents from manuscript collections and one privately held document that have never before appeared in a modern scholarly edition. From letters as a college student to his sister, to major speeches on the Constitution, slavery, and sectional issues, to his farewell to the U.S. Senate, to his inaugural address as Confederate president, to letters from prison to his wife, these selected pieces present the many faces of the enigmatic Jefferson Davis."--Jacket
In the cause of liberty : how the Civil War redefined American ideals by William J Cooper( Book )

12 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ten scholars discuss the societal impact of the Civil War conflict in terms of three Americas-- antebellum, wartime, and postbellum war nations-- and recognize the critical role in this transformative era of three groups of Americans-- white northerners, white southerners, and African Americans in the North and South)-- during this decisive period in American history. Contributors address crucial ongoing controversies at the epicenter of the cultural, political, and intellectual history
Social relations in our Southern States by Daniel R Hundley( Book )

7 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We have the war upon us : the onset of the Civil War, November 1860-April 1861 by William J Cooper( Recording )

4 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cooper takes a fresh look at the months between Lincoln's election and the attack on Fort Sumter that sparked the war. For years, compromise had kept the North and South from conflict--but in these crucial months, the actions of major players on both sides pushed the country to the brink of destruction
The papers of Jefferson Davis by Jefferson Davis( Book )

5 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""Being powerless to direct the current, I can only wait to see whither it runs, "" wrote Jefferson Davis to his wife, Varina, on October 11, 1865, five months after the victorious United States Army took him prisoner. Indeed, in the tumultuous years immediately after the Civil War, Davis found himself more acted upon than active, a dramatic change from his previous twenty years of public service to the United States as a major political figure and then to the Confederacy as its president and commander in chief. Volume 12 of The Papers of Jefferson Davis follows the former president of th
The American South : a history. Vols 1-2 by William J Cooper( Book )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The conservative regime in South Carolina, 1877-1890 by William J Cooper( Book )

4 editions published between 1966 and 1993 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The American South. a History by William J Cooper( Book )

in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Edwin Forbe's sketches capture the Civil War : from illustrated newspapers to national retrospectives, Forbes gave us a glimpse at the humanity behind the scenes by William J Cooper( )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The American South. a history by William J Cooper( Recording )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

[This book] reflects the basic assumption that the South is both thoroughly American in its life and culture, yet a distinctive region even today ... [The book] start[s] with the colonial era, with emphasis upon British colonialism because it was so formative in the past of the American South. The first half of the book covers the more than two and a half centuries from European colonialism in the South to the Civil War, in which the South, as the Confederate States of America, attempted to establish its independence. The second half focuses upon recovery from defeat in the Civil War to the New South and then our own time, the Modern South.-Pref
The American South. a history by William J Cooper( Recording )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

[This book] reflects the basic assumption that the South is both thoroughly American in its life and culture, yet a distinctive region even today ... [The book] start[s] with the colonial era, with emphasis upon British colonialism because it was so formative in the past of the American South. The first half of the book covers the more than two and a half centuries from European colonialism in the South to the Civil War, in which the South, as the Confederate States of America, attempted to establish its independence. The second half focuses upon recovery from defeat in the Civil War to the New South and then our own time, the Modern South.-Pref
 
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Jefferson Davis, American
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Cooper, William J.

Cooper, William J. 1940-

Cooper, William J. Jr. 1940-

Cooper, William J. (William James), 1940-

Cooper, William James 1940-

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The American South : a historyLiberty and slavery : southern politics to 1860The conservative regime: South Carolina, 1877-1890Writing the Civil War : the quest to understandJefferson Davis and the Civil War eraJefferson Davis : the essential writingsIn the cause of liberty : how the Civil War redefined American idealsThe papers of Jefferson Davis