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The Stormy Present: Conservatism and the Problem of Slavery in Northern Politics, 1846-1865

Adam I. P. Smith

Abstract

In this engaging and nuanced political history of Northern communities in the Civil War era, Adam I. P. Smith offers a new interpretation of the familiar story of the path to war and ultimate victory. Smith looks beyond the political divisions between abolitionist Republicans and Copperhead Democrats to consider the everyday conservatism that characterized the majority of Northern voters. A sense of ongoing crisis in these Northern states created anxiety and instability, which manifested in a range of social and political tensions in individual communities. In the face of such realities, Smith ... More

Keywords: Conservatism, Slavery, US Civil War, Republican Party, Democratic Party, Jacksonianism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781469633893
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469633893.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adam I. P. Smith, author
University College London