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Arguing until Doomsday: Stephen Douglas, Jefferson Davis, and the Struggle for American Democracy

Michael E. Woods


As the sectional crisis gripped the United States, the rancor increasingly spread to the halls of Congress. Preston Brooks's frenzied assault on Charles Sumner was perhaps the most notorious evidence of the dangerous divide between proslavery Democrats and the new antislavery Republican Party. But as disunion loomed, rifts within the majority Democratic Party were every bit as consequential. And nowhere was the fracture more apparent than in the raging debates between Illinois's Stephen Douglas and Mississippi's Jefferson Davis. As leaders of the Democrats' northern and southern factions befor ... More

Keywords: Civil War, Expansion, Sectional, Democrats, Property Rights, Majority Rule, Stephen Douglas, Jefferson Davis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781469656397
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469656397.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael E. Woods, author
University of Tennessee, Knoxville