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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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Slavery and Partisan Conflict during the Era of Good Feelings

Slavery and Partisan Conflict during the Era of Good Feelings

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Slavery and Politics in the Early American Republic

Matthew Mason

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines the politics of slavery during the Era of Good Feelings, focusing on the intraparty dissensions that arose among the Republicans. It considers how schismatic Northern Republicans resurrected Federalist rhetoric on slavery to launch their attacks on the Virginia Dynasty in power in Washington, while Republicans who remained loyal to the administration countered by reviving wartime tactics in defense of party and national unity. The chapter discusses how this whole process once again revealed the potency of antislavery sectionalism in the North as a political weapon. It shows that the legacy of the Federalists' campaigns during the War of 1812 was evident in the Republican Party struggles of the postwar period.

Keywords:   slavery, Era of Good Feelings, Republicans, Virginia Dynasty, sectionalism, North, Federalists, War of 1812, Republican Party

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