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Slavery and Politics in the Early American Republic

Matthew Mason


Giving close consideration to previously neglected debates, this book challenges the common contention that slavery held little political significance in America until the Missouri Crisis of 1819. It 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 the book explains that the divide took on greater importance in the early nineteenth century. The book examines the ... More

Keywords: slavery, Missouri Crisis, American Revolution, Civil War, slave states, free states, African Americans, abolitionists, early republic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780807830499
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807876633_mason


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Mason, author