The Missouri Compromise and Its Aftermath: Slavery and the Meaning of America / Edition 1

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Robert Pierce Forbes goes behind the scenes of the crucial Missouri Compromise, the most important sectional crisis before the Civil War, to reveal the high-level deal-making, diplomacy, and deception that defused the crisis, including the central, unexpected role of President James Monroe. Although Missouri was allowed to join the union with slavery, Forbes observes, the compromise in fact closed off nearly all remaining federal territory to slavery. Forbes's analysis reveals a surprising national consensus against slavery a generation before the Civil War, which was fractured by the controversy over Missouri.
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"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

"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

"A compelling case study of the centrality of slavery to early national America."--Journal of Southern History

"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

"[An] exemplary study. . . . A resolutely intelligent book, provocative in its thesis, broad in its reach, patient in its execution, and sober in its judgments."--Political Science Quarterly

"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

"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

"Part of a welcome rise in scholarly attention . . . that historians of the early Republic have until now been more inclined to acknowledge than to study. . . . Forbes has helped to call our attention squarely onto the Missouri crisis, and has offered a bracing interpretation of its course and significance."--H-Net

"[An] impressively researched book. . . . Sure to inform future discussions of the politics of slavery, and its timely message speaks to Americans today."--Missouri Historical Review
"[Forbes's] ability to question the depths of a proslavery 'consensus' before 1819 is intriguing."--The Virginia Quarterly Review

"Will certainly become a focus for debate for future generations of antebellum scholars."--Arkansas Historical Quarterly

From the Publisher
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

The Missouri Compromise and Its Aftermath is a splendid work. Forbes's research is thorough and imaginative and reveals a full mastery of American political history.

—Ira Berlin, University of Maryland

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807831052
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 5/14/2007
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Pierce Forbes is assistant professor of history at the University of Connecticut. He is coauthor of Francis Kernan, Esq.: The Life and Times of a Nineteenth-Century Politician from Upstate New York.
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Table of Contents

Introduction     1
Monroe Takes Charge     14
Missouri     33
Compromise     69
Silence     121
Discord     141
Beneficence     179
Democracy     210
Force     238
Epilogue: Kansas     274
Notes     293
Acknowledgments     349
Index     351
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2010

    Historians Only

    After reading this book, I can clearly say that it is written for historians only. It is an intellectual history of the Missouri Compromise. The reading is thick and something that the average history buff would have a hard time with. I read it for a masters level class at a well know university. Almost every student had a hard time reading it. The beginning of the book is clear, however, the middle and end require a large background in civil war causation. Reader beware. If you are a history buff interested in a light and easy read pick a different book. If your are a student of history have a good time but be prepared to have to look things up.

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