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Apostle of UnionA Political Biography of Edward Everett$
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Matthew Mason

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469628608

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469628608.001.0001

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Apostle of Union

Matthew Mason

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines Everett’s service as US minister to Britain with a special eye towards the multiple slavery-related issues with which he and his British counterparts dealt. These included such issues as Britain’s drive for American cooperation in the abolition of the Atlantic slave trade, British liberation of American fugitive slaves headlined by the Creole case, and the American government’s drive to annex Texas. Everett continued to occupy a conservatively antislavery position, which put him in tension with President John Tyler and the Southern-friendly Secretaries of State under which he mostly worked.

Keywords:   Great Britain, British emancipation, Slave trade, Creole case, Annexation of Texas, Daniel Webster, John Tyler, Abel Upshur, John C. Calhoun, Treaty of Washington / Webster-Ashburton Treaty

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