The Missouri Compromise and Its Aftermath

The Missouri Compromise and Its Aftermath

Slavery & the Meaning of America

Book - 2007
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From publisher's description: "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."
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2007
ISBN: 9780807831052
Characteristics: 369 p. : map ; 25 cm


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Jun 16, 2012

My first read on the subject; I took away more than I anticipated. The stakes were huge; ... the preservation of slavery for its political power and way of life vs. the preservation of the union with its founding principals. The political tactics, strategies & personalities that dominated or emerged during the period were informative, enlightening and entertaining. Great job putting events and policy in context with the way history unfolded (i.e Shays Rebellion, American Colonization Society, Nat Turner's Revolt, Haitian Revoloution, ... etc.). Particularly illuminating for this Black citizen.


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