Table of contents for Fanatics and fire-eaters : newspapers and the coming of the Civil War / Lorman A. Ratner and Dwight L. Teeter, Jr.

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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