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From the Publisher"A compelling case study of the centrality of slavery to early national America."
— Journal of Southern History
"Lively and engaging . . . [Forbes] succeeds in rendering the debates the narrates vivid and dramatic."
— Register of the Kentucky Historical Review
"Forbes's analysis of the Missouri Compromise . . . is the best history of that landmark political decision for several decades."
—International History Review
"[Forbes's] ability to question the depths of a proslavery 'consensus' before 1819 is intriguing."
— The Virginia Quarterly Review
"An important book offering the first systematic reinterpretation of the Missouri Compromise and its aftermath in more than a generation. . . . A brilliant and an essential reconsideration of an important episode in American history. It is a work of thorough scholarship and penetrating insights."
— American Historical Review
The book represents a major contribution to the history of antebellum American political culture, with thought-provoking implications for political life today.
— Iver Bernstein, Washington University in St. Louis
"This is an important book that only begins to untangle the shifting political alliances, issues, and ideologies that sustained debates over slavery during the 1820s."
— Journal of the Early Republic
"Forbes's account of the sectional conflict from the time of the Missouri crisis is well written and thoroughly researched and will repay a reader's careful and thoughtful consideration."
— Journal of American History
"Certain to become essential reading on the era of good feelings and the origins of the second-party system. . . .Extremely rich and complex. . . . Important and intriguing."
— Journal of Interdisciplinary History