Stan Haynes, an attorney and author, has had a lifelong interest in American political history. He is a graduaate of the College of William & Mary and of the University of Virginia School of Law. He resides in Maryland. And Union No More is his second work of historical fiction, the first being And Tyler No More. He is also the author of two books on presidential nominating conventions, The First American Political Conventions and President-Making in the Gilded Age.
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1854. The Kansas-Nebraska Act becomes law. After a generation of containment by the Missouri Compromise, a path is created for slavery to expand. Southerners are ecstatic and northerners enraged. Both sides rush settlers to the Kansas Territory, seeking to gain the majority. Guerilla warfare results, with Americans killing Americans.
Monty Tolliver, a former congressman from Ohio, inspired by a remote figure from his past, moves to Kansas, determined to make it a free state. Two young men, Billy Rutledge from Mississippi and Robert Geddis from Rhode Island, seek a new start on life in Kansas. They all find in Kansas a land embroiled in violence, and cross paths with abolitionist John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, and other historical figures. When a grisly double murder occurs, the investigation uncovers secret societies, betrayals, and cover ups.
Chronicling the “Bleeding Kansas” era of the 1850s, a precursor to the Civil War, And Union No More confirms that one cannot fully understand the latter without knowledge of the former.
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As they rode on in silence, Monty sighed and shook his head in disgust. Another day, and more violence in Kansas. How had it come to this? Americans not only killing their fellow Americans, but now butchering them. Could this have been done by the side that he was supporting, that he was fighting for? Had he been a fool, he wondered, to leave a safe and prosperous life in Ohio to come here and join the fight against slavery? On most days, when such questions entered his head, he eventually answered no, concluding that being part of this cause was worth it. On this brisk morning in late May, as he headed toward the site of a massacre, he was not so sure.
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