William Hayden English of Indiana, a congressman from 1853-1861, ended his official political career one and a half months before the attack on Fort Sumter. Though his name may not be as well known as other antebellum historical figures, he actively and influentially participated in all the major political events of the great drama that culminated in the most devastating war in American history.
While this book is specifically a close analysis of one antebellum politician, it also acts as a comprehensive study by which one may examine not only the perspective and struggles of a single congressman but also the contextual political environment that surrounded America's descent into the great tragedy of the Civil War.
Elliott Schimmel was born on Long Island and received his Ph.D. from Florida State University in 1986. Since then he has been teaching History at Longview Community College, just outside Kansas City, a position he took largely because of the college's proximity to a major league baseball team.