By John Craig Hammond
Recent scholarship on slavery and politics among 1776 and 1840 has entirely revised historians’ knowing of the matter of slavery in American politics. Contesting Slavery builds at the better of that literature to reexamine the politics of slavery in innovative the USA and the early republic.
The unique essays gathered the following learn the progressive period and the early republic on their lonesome phrases to provide clean insights into the politics of slavery ahead of 1840. the gathering forces historians to reconsider the a number of meanings of slavery and antislavery to a huge array of american citizens, from unfastened and enslaved African americans to proslavery ideologues, from northern farmers to northern girl reformers, from minor celebration functionaries to political luminaries akin to Henry Clay.
The essays additionally delineate the a number of methods slavery sustained clash and consensus in neighborhood, local, and nationwide politics. in any case, Contesting Slavery either establishes the abiding presence of slavery and sectionalism in American political existence and demanding situations historians’ long-standing assumptions in regards to the position, which means, and importance of slavery in American politics among the innovative and antebellum eras.
Contributors: Rachel desire Cleves, college of Victoria * David F. Ericson, George Mason college * John Craig Hammond, Penn country collage, New Kensington * Matthew Mason, Brigham younger college * Richard Newman, Rochester Institute of expertise * James Oakes, CUNY Graduate middle * Peter S. Onuf, college of Virginia * Robert G. Parkinson, Shepherd college * Donald J. Ratcliffe, college of Oxford * Padraig Riley, Dalhousie college * Edward B. Rugemer, Yale college * Brian Schoen, Ohio college * Andrew Shankman, Rutgers college, Camden * George William Van Cleve, collage of Virginia * Eva Sheppard Wolf, San Francisco country University