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Leonard L. Richards, professor of history at the University of Massachusetts, took his degrees at the University of California, Berkeley and Davis. He has also taught at San Francisco State College and the University of Hawaii. His Gentlemen of Property and Standing: Anti-Abolition Mobs in Jacksonian America won the 1970 American Historical Association’s Albert J. Beveridge Award. The Life and Times of Congressman John Quincy Adams was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1987, and The Slave Power: The Free North and Southern Domination, 1780—1860 took the second-place 2001 Lincoln Prize. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
California -- Gold discoveries.
California -- History -- 1846-1850.
California -- Politics and government -- 1846-1850.
Politicians -- California -- History -- 19th century.
Politicians -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Sectionalism (United States) -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Causes.
Slavery -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1815-1861.