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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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The Political Impact of African Americans

The Political Impact of African Americans

(p.106) 5 The Political Impact of African Americans
Slavery and Politics in the Early American Republic

Matthew Mason

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines how African Americans influenced the politics of slavery in the United States as they battled slavery and racism. It considers how African Americans, by refusing to submit easily to slavery and other abuses, helped keep slavery in the political mix and exacerbate sectionalism between North and South. It suggests that slaves and free blacks were more interested in gaining freedom and equality for themselves than in shaping the debates of white Americans. Owing to their assertiveness, African Americans played a major role in making slavery a sensitive political topic from the abolition of the Atlantic slave trade to the Missouri Crisis.

Keywords:   slavery, racism, African Americans, sectionalism, North, South, slaves, free blacks, freedom

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