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Author Fehrenbacher, Don E. (Don Edward), 1920-1997.

Title The slaveholding republic : an account of the United States government's relations to slavery / Don E. Fehrenbacher ; completed and edited by Ward M. McAfee.

Imprint New York : Oxford University Press, 2001.

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Location Call No. Status OPAC Message Public Note Gift Note
 Moore Stacks  E446 .F45 2001    Available  ---  Gift of Professor John M. Baer.
Description xiii, 465 p. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [345]-452) and index.
Contents Preface -- Introduction -- Slavery and the founding of the republic -- Slavery in the national capital -- Slavery in American foreign relations -- African slave trade, 1789 to 1842 -- African slave trade, 1842 to 1862 -- Fugitive slave problem to 1850 -- Fugitive slave problem, 1850 to 1864 -- Slavery in the federal territories -- Republican revolution -- Conclusion.
Summary "William Lloyd Garrison argued - and many leading historians have since agreed - that the Constitution of the United States was a proslavery document. Garrison called it 'a covenant with death, and an agreement with hell.' But in The Slaveholding Republic, one of America's most eminent historians, Don E. Fehrenbacher, argues against this claim in a wide-ranging, landmark history that stretches from the Continental Congress to the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. Fehrenbacher ranges from sharp-eyed analyses of the deal-making behind the 'proslavery clauses' of the constitution to colorful accounts of partisan debates in Congress and heated confrontations with Great Britain (for instance, over slaves taken off American ships and freed in British ports). He shows us that the Constitution itself was more or less neutral on the issue of slavery and that, in the antebellum period, the idea that the Constitution protected slavery was hotly debated (many northerners would concede only that slavery was protected by state law, not by federal law). Nevertheless, he also reveals that U.S. policy - whether in foreign courts, on the high seas, in federal territories, or even in the District of Columbia - was consistently proslavery. The book concludes with a brilliant portrait of Lincoln. Fehrenbacher makes clear why Lincoln's election was such a shock to the South and shows how Lincoln's approach to emancipation, which seems exceedingly cautious by modern standards, quickly evolved into a 'Republican revolution' that ended the anomaly of the United States as a 'slaveholding republic.'"--Dust jacket.
Provenance Gift of Professor John M. Baer.
Subject Slavery -- Political aspects -- United States -- History.
Slavery -- Government policy -- United States -- History.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1775-1783.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1783-1865.
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
United States -- Politics and government -- 1865-1877.
Constitutional history -- United States.
African Americans -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- History -- 18th century.
African Americans -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- History -- 19th century.
Reconstruction (United States : 1865-1877)
African Americans -- Legal status, laws, etc.
Constitutional history.
Politics and government
Slavery -- Government policy.
Slavery -- Political aspects.
Chronological Term 1700-1899
Genre/Form History.
Added Author McAfee, Ward.
Other Form: Online version: Fehrenbacher, Don E. (Don Edward), 1920-1997. Slaveholding republic. New York : Oxford University Press, 2001 (OCoLC)606426062
ISBN 0195158059