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The Missouri Compromise and Its Aftermath: Slavery and the Meaning of America / Edition 1

The Missouri Compromise and Its Aftermath: Slavery and the Meaning of America / Edition 1

by Robert Pierce ForbesRobert Pierce Forbes
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Robert Pierce Forbes goes behind the scenes of the crucial Missouri Compromise, the most important sectional crisis before the Civil War, to reveal the high-level deal-making, diplomacy, and deception that defused the crisis, including the central, unexpected role of President James Monroe. Although Missouri was allowed to join the union with slavery, the compromise in fact closed off nearly all remaining federal territories to slavery.

When Congressman James Tallmadge of New York proposed barring slavery from the new state of Missouri, he sparked the most candid discussion of slavery ever held in Congress. The southern response quenched the surge of nationalism and confidence following the War of 1812 and inaugurated a new politics of racism and reaction. The South's rigidity on slavery made it an alluring electoral target for master political strategist Martin Van Buren, who emerged as the key architect of a new Democratic Party explicitly designed to mobilize southern unity and neutralize antislavery sentiment. Forbes's analysis reveals a surprising national consensus against slavery a generation before the Civil War, which was fractured by the controversy over Missouri.

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ISBN-13: 9780807861837
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 09/01/2009
Edition description: 1
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 1400L (what's this?)

About the Author

Robert Pierce Forbes is assistant professor of history at the University of Connecticut. He is coauthor of Francis Kernan, Esq.: The Life and Times of a Nineteenth-Century Politician from Upstate New York.

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The Missouri Compromise and Its Aftermath is a splendid work. Forbes's research is thorough and imaginative and reveals a full mastery of American political history. Without question, this book will become the standard source for any discussion of the Missouri debates, their origins, and their aftermath.—Ira Berlin, University of Maryland

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