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Slavery and Politics in the Early American Republic$
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Matthew Mason

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780807830499

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807876633_mason

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Federalists, Republicans, and Slavery during the War of 1812

Federalists, Republicans, and Slavery during the War of 1812

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Slavery and Politics in the Early American Republic

Matthew Mason

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines the use of slavery in partisan politics during the War of 1812. It charts the emergence of American slavery as a hotly contested issue in several debates between Federalists and Republicans between 1812 and 1815. It also considers how various participants in wartime debates, including clergymen, editors, and elected officials, capitalized on the rhetorical and political firepower of slavery. The chapter shows how sectionalism and partisanship became entangled in an unprecedented manner during the war years. Finally, it looks at how the Federalist and Republican dialectic intensified the divide between North and South.

Keywords:   slavery, partisan politics, War of 1812, Federalists, Republicans, sectionalism, partisanship, North, South

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