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Introduction / i 1. The Emergence of a Democratic Press / 7 2. Impeding Civilization: The Brooks-Sumner Incident / 34 3. The DredScott Decision and a Society of Laws / 49 4. Kansas and the Lecompton Constitution: Does the Majority Rule? / 60 5. John Brown's Raid: Violence in a Republican Society / 71 6. Lincoln's Election: Could a Republican Lead the Republic? / 85 7. Firing on Fort Sumter: A Republic at War with Itself / 102 Conclusion: The Shattered Republic / II7