Slavery and the Founders: Race and Liberty in the Age of Jefferson

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Overview

Finkelman's controversial and provocative book has been revised throughout. A new chapter argues that it was the Federalists who took the high road on the issue of slavery by supporting emancipation, while supporters of Jefferson formed the first pro-slavery political party.
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Finkelman, a leading American expert on the law of slavery, places the problem of slavery in the context of early American politics and constitution-making. He demonstrates that slavery was one of the central issues at the Constitutional Convention, and points to the first fugitive slave law as evidence that debate on slavery in national politics predated the antebellum period. This second edition incorporates new revelations about Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings and adds a chapter on Federalist attitudes toward emancipation. Finkelman is affiliated with the University of Tulsa College of Law. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563245909
  • Publisher: Sharpe, M. E. Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/25/1995
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Making a Covenant with Death: Slavery and the Constitutional Convention 3
2 Slavery and the Northwest Ordinance, 1787: A Study in Ambiguity 3
3 Evading of Ordinance: The Persistence of Bondage in Indiana and Illinois 58
4 Implementing the Proslavery Constitution: The Adoption of the Fugitive Slave Law of 1793 81
5 The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Federalism 105
6 "Treason Against the Hopes of the World": Thomas Jefferson and Slavery 129
7 Thomas Jefferson, Sally Hemings, and Antislavery: Historians and Myths 163
Notes 197
Bibliography 253
Index 267
About the Author 297
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