Table of Contents:
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • 1. On the Brink of the Precipice: The Election of 1860
  • 2. I Would Not Endanger the Perpetuity of This Union: November
  • 3. Proportions of Which I Had but a Faint Conception: Early December
  • 4. The Issues of the Late Campaign Are Obsolete: Late December
  • 5. We Know Not What a Day or Two or an Hour May Bring Forth: December-January
  • 6. One's Opinions Change Fast in Revolutionary Times: January-February
  • 7. The Storm Is Weathered: January-February, Revisited
  • 8. A Calm Pervades the Political World: March
  • 9. Any Decision Would Be Preferable to This Uncertainty: March-April
  • 10. Everybody Now Is for the Union: April-May
  • Conclusion: Shall It Be Peace, or a Sword?
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index