Graham A. Peck is a professor of History at Saint Xavier University in Chicago. He is the writer, director, and producer of Stephen A. Douglas and the Fate of American Democracy , an award-winning documentary that aired on PBS. His film, podcasts, and publications are available at civilwarprof.com.
"Peck has written a book that demands attention." --The Journal
of the Civil War Era
"Peck has provided a useful and interesting framework for understanding antislavery politics in Illinois and in the nation."--The Annals of Iowa
"[A] thoughtful and valuable new contribution to the unending debate about the coming of the Civil War."-- Civil War Book Review
"Making an Antislavery Nation is an elegant and important reinterpretation of the political battles between slavery and freedom from the nation's founding to the secession crisis. In focusing on Illinois, Graham Peck brilliantly highlights the significance of the state in national politics and of Stephen Douglas as the pivotal figure in the rise of antislavery politics and disunion. His portrait of Douglas is unequaled in a story that is structurally and stylistically a work of immense sophistication."--John Stauffer, author of Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln
"Making an Antislavery Nation elucidates overlooked or underemphasized dimensions of the shifting set of beliefs about freedom and slavery that cohered into Lincoln's ideological vision of an anti-slavery nation."--Reviews in History