Pennsylvania: A Military History by William A. Pencak, Christian B. Keller and Barbara A. Gannon

Pennsylvania: A Military History by William A. Pencak, Christian B. Keller and Barbara A. Gannon Westholme Publishing, 304 pp., cloth $35 In 16 incisive and insightful original essays covering wars among Indians to the recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, the authors reveal a Pennsylvania that was and is very different from the “peaceable kingdom” image of art and myth. Indeed,...
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From the Editor

Copperhead? Mention the word and most people immediately think of Agkistrodon contortrix — one of three venomous snakes native to Pennsylvania — easily recognizable by its striking reddish-brown markings. In the mid-nineteenth century, Pennsylvania was a hotbed of Copperheads. They were venomous. Vehement. Vitriolic. But reptilian they were not. The Keystone State’s Copperheads were a rare...
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Pennsylvania Copperheads: Traitors or Peacemakers?

Panic swept through Philadelphia in 1860, gripping manufacturers and merchants in its throes as southern slave states threatened to leave the federal union. The South had grown into an enormous market for Philadelphia’s merchants, and the city’s textile manufacturers depended on Dixie to supply the cotton they needed. Fears of secession and resulting massive unemployment prompted Mayor Alexander...
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The Union League of Philadelphia and the Civil War


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