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Slaveholders' Union Slavery, Politics, and the Constitution in the Early American Republic

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ISBN-10: 0226846709

ISBN-13: 9780226846705

Edition: 2011

Authors: George William Van Cleve

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After its early introduction into the English colonies in North America, slavery in the United States lasted as a legal institution until the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution in 1865. But increasingly during the contested politics of the early republic, abolitionists cried out that the Constitution itself was a slaveowners' document, produced to protect and further their rights. A Slaveholders' Unionfurthers this unsettling claim by demonstrating once and for all that slavery was indeed an essential part of the foundation of the nascent republic. In this powerful book, George William Van Cleve demonstrates that the Constitution was pro-slavery in its politics, its…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/30/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.10" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Slavery in the American Revolution
From Empire to Confederation
Abolition, Slavery Reform, and the Climate of Opinion
The Making of the Slaveholders' Constitution
Property and Republican Representation
Sectional Bargaining and Moral Union
Slavery in the New Nation
From Constitution to Republican Empire
The Missouri Compact and the Rule of Law
Conclusion: Slavery and the Dismal Fate of Madisonian Politics
Notes on the Law of Slavery and Bound Labor
Calculating Nonslaveholder Voting Strength
Calculations in Support of Table 4.1
House of Representatives Action on the Quaker Memorials