Slavery and the American West: The Eclipse of Manifest Destiny / Edition 1

Slavery and the American West: The Eclipse of Manifest Destiny / Edition 1

by Michael A. Morrison
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0807823198

ISBN-13: 9780807823194

Pub. Date: 04/28/1997

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

Tracing the sectionalization of American politics in the 1840s and 1850s, Michael Morrison offers a comprehensive study of how slavery and territorial expansion intersected as causes of the Civil War. Specifically, he argues that the common heritage of the American Revolution bound Americans together until disputes over the extension of slavery into the territories

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Tracing the sectionalization of American politics in the 1840s and 1850s, Michael Morrison offers a comprehensive study of how slavery and territorial expansion intersected as causes of the Civil War. Specifically, he argues that the common heritage of the American Revolution bound Americans together until disputes over the extension of slavery into the territories led northerners and southerners to increasingly divergent understandings of the Revolution's legacy. Manifest Destiny promised the literal enlargement of freedom through the extension of American institutions all the way to the Pacific. At each step—from John Tyler's attempt to annex Texas in 1844, to the Kansas-Nebraska Act, to the opening shots of the Civil War—the issue of slavery had to be confronted. Morrison shows that the Revolution was the common prism through which northerners and southerners viewed these events and that the factor that ultimately made consensus impossible was slavery itself. By 1861, no nationally accepted solution to the dilemma of slavery in the territories had emerged, no political party existed as a national entity, and politicians from both North and South had come to believe that those on the other side had subverted the American political tradition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807823194
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
04/28/1997
Edition description:
1
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile:
1450L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

CONTENTS
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter 1. John Tyler's Hobby: Territorial Expansion and Jacksonian Politics
Chapter 2. Milton's Devil: Slavery Restriction and the Revolutionary Heritage, 1820-1846
Chapter 3. Washington Redux: The Whig Party and the Politics of Slavery, 1846-1848
Chapter 4. Tower of Babel: Social Ideology and the Crisis of Territorial Organization, 1848-1850
Chapter 5. Of Pegasus and Bellerophon: Popular Sovereignty, Stephen A. Douglas, and the Origins of the Kansas-Nebraska Act
Chapter 6. A House Dividing: The Conspiracy Thesis Joined and Defined
Chapter 7. To the Egress: Humbug and the Disruption of the Democracy
Chapter 8. The Eclipse of Manifest Destiny and the Disruption of the Second Party System
Conclusion: We Stand Where Our Fathers Stood
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index

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