Giving close consideration to previously neglected debates, Matthew Mason challenges the common contention that slavery held little political significance in America until the Missouri Crisis of 1819. Mason demonstrates that slavery and politics were enmeshed in the creation of the nation, and in fact there was never a time between the Revolution and the Civil War in which slavery went uncontested. The American Revolution set in motion the split between slave states and free states, but Mason explains that the divide took on greater importance in the early nineteenth century. He examines the partisan and geopolitical uses of slavery, the conflicts between free states and their slaveholding neighbors, and the political impact of African Americans across the country.Offering a full picture of the politics of slavery in the crucial years of the early republic, Mason demonstrates that partisans and patriots, slave and freeand not just abolitionists and advocates of slaveryshould be considered important players in the politics of slavery in the United States.
|Publisher:||The University of North Carolina Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)|
About the Author
Matthew Mason is assistant professor of history at Brigham Young University. He is coeditor of The History of the Life and Adventures of Mr. Anderson, by Edward Kimber.
What People are Saying About This
Mason's particular contribution is to argue, persuasively, that during the decade or so preceding the Missouri crisis, politicians and clergymen from every region developed and refined their views of slavery and public policylaying the foundation for the incandescent conflicts of 1820 and 1821 and foreshadowing the full-blown sectional polemics of the 1840s and 1950s. . . . His analysis of the pervasiveness and complexities of slavery debates is fresh and reveals the nuances of partisan manipulation and belief.Journal of Interdisciplinary History
Elegantly written . . . benefit[s] from copious research.New England Quarterly
This well-crafted monograph . . . revises our understanding of the early national debates over slavery. . . . Scholars of slavery and early national politics will want to read Mason's work.Journal of Southern History
[Slavery and Politics in the Early American Republic] fills a gap in our understanding of the political development of slavery. Its arguments are well supported with lively anecdotes and persuasive evidence. . . . This valuable book should nonetheless attract a wide and diverse readership.Journal of Illinois History
Extensive and persuasive. . . . Adds rich and valuable texture to our understanding of early national politics and the Missouri Crisis.William and Mary Quarterly
After reading this interesting book, few historians can deny that slavery was an important, indeed integral, component of the politics of the early American republic.Civil War History