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19th century

David M. Potter and the Problem of Presentism

The recent roundtable, “Reflections on David Potter’s The Impending Crisis,” organized by Michael Landis, offers assessments and critiques of Potter’s work from several different perspectives, and from a range of scholars at different stages of their careers.  It is interesting that this collection of essays has produced several divergent—even contradictory—views of Potter’s arguments.  Most of the essays comment on Potter’s place in the extensive historiography of the coming of the Civil War, with at least two claiming that “Potter sides with the fundamentalists: he recognizes that slavery caused the Civil War” and that he “puts a very heavy emphasis on Read more