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The Missouri Compromise and its aftermath : slavery & the meaning of America /
Robert Pierce Forbes.
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Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2007.
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369 p.
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0807831050 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780807831052 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2007.
isbn
0807831050 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780807831052 (cloth : alk. paper)
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6129718
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Robert Pierce Forbes goes behind the scenes of the crucial Missouri Compromise, the most important sectional crisis before the Civil War, to reveal the high-level deal-making, diplomacy, and deception that defused the crisis, including the central, unexpected role of President James Monroe. Although Missouri was allowed to join the union with slavery, Forbes observes, the compromise in fact closed off nearly all remaining federal territory to slavery. Forbes's analysis reveals a surprising national consensus against slavery a generation before the Civil War, which was fractured by the controversy over Missouri.
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Appeared in Choice on 2007-12-01:
Forbes (Yale) provides the first comprehensive treatment of the Missouri crisis in 40 years; for that reason alone, his book is an important contribution to historiography. But Forbes does more than just recount the Missouri Crisis and Compromises of 1819-21, though he does offer a detailed, rich narrative of them. He develops a provocative reinterpretation of both the debate over slavery's expansion involved in the Missouri crisis and the ramifications of its resolution. Forbes argues that President James Monroe played a significant, heretofore unrecognized role in the Missouri settlement and was actually a firm advocate of emancipation through colonization. Also noteworthy is the treatment of Martin Van Buren's role in the pro-southern political realignment that came out of the compromise debates. It is here that Forbes makes his most significant contribution, carrying his analysis into the Jackson presidency to illustrate the confluence of proslavery defenses and sectionalist politics that grew stronger as a result of the Missouri Crisis. Scholars will find much to ponder and debate here; it is required reading for students of the antebellum US. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Academic libraries at all levels, undergraduate collections and above. K. M. Gannon Grand View College
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"This is an important book that only begins to untangle the shifting political alliances, issues, and ideologies that sustained debates over slavery during the 1820s." —Journal of the Early Republic
"This is an important book that only begins to untangle the shifting political alliances, issues, and ideologies that sustained debates over slavery during the 1820s." --Journal of the Early Republic
"This is an important book that only begins to untangle the shifting political alliances, issues, and ideologies that sustained debates over slavery during the 1820s." '”Journal of the Early Republic
The Missouri Compromise and Its Aftermathis a splendid work. Forbes’s research is thorough and imaginative and reveals a full mastery of American political history.—Ira Berlin, University of Maryland
"This is an important book that only begins to untangle the shifting political alliances, issues, and ideologies that sustained debates over slavery during the 1820s." -- Journal of the Early Republic
The Missouri Compromise and Its Aftermathis a splendid work. Forbes's research is thorough and imaginative and reveals a full mastery of American political history.'”Ira Berlin, University of Maryland
The book represents a major contribution to the history of antebellum American political culture, with thought-provoking implications for political life today. --Iver Bernstein, Washington University in St. Louis
The book represents a major contribution to the history of antebellum American political culture, with thought-provoking implications for political life today.'”Iver Bernstein, Washington University in St. Louis
The book represents a major contribution to the history of antebellum American political culture, with thought-provoking implications for political life today.—Iver Bernstein, Washington University in St. Louis
"The Missouri Compromise and Its Aftermath" is a splendid work. Forbess research is thorough and imaginative and reveals a full mastery of American political history.--Ira Berlin, University of Maryland
The Missouri Compromise and Its Aftermath is a splendid work. Forbes's research is thorough and imaginative and reveals a full mastery of American political history. --Ira Berlin, University of Maryland
The book represents a major contribution to the history of antebellum American political culture, with thought-provoking implications for political life today.--Iver Bernstein, Washington University in St. Louis
"Part of a welcome rise in scholarly attention to an episode in sectional politics that historians of the early Republic have until now been more inclined to acknowledge than to study. . . . Forbes has helped to call our attention squarely onto the Missouri crisis, and has offered a bracing interpretation of its course and significance." —H-Net
"Part of a welcome rise in scholarly attention to an episode in sectional politics that historians of the early Republic have until now been more inclined to acknowledge than to study. . . . Forbes has helped to call our attention squarely onto the Missouri crisis, and has offered a bracing interpretation of its course and significance." '”H-Net
"Part of a welcome rise in scholarly attention to an episode in sectional politics that historians of the early Republic have until now been more inclined to acknowledge than to study. . . . Forbes has helped to call our attention squarely onto the Missouri crisis, and has offered a bracing interpretation of its course and significance." --H-Net
"Lively and engaging . . . [Forbes] succeeds in rendering the debates the narrates vivid and dramatic." --Register of the Kentucky Historical Review
"Lively and engaging . . . [Forbes] succeeds in rendering the debates the narrates vivid and dramatic." '”Register of the Kentucky Historical Review
"Part of a welcome rise in scholarly attention to an episode in sectional politics that historians of the early Republic have until now been more inclined to acknowledge than to study. . . . Forbes has helped to call our attention squarely onto the Missouri crisis, and has offered a bracing interpretation of its course and significance." -- H-Net
"Lively and engaging . . . [Forbes] succeeds in rendering the debates the narrates vivid and dramatic." -- Register of the Kentucky Historical Review
"Forbes's analysis of the Missouri Compromise . . . is the best history of that landmark political decision for several decades." _ International History Review
"Forbes's analysis of the Missouri Compromise . . . is the best history of that landmark political decision for several decades." -- International History Review
"Forbes's analysis of the Missouri Compromise . . . is the best history of that landmark political decision for several decades." --International History Review
"Forbes's account of the sectional conflict from the time of the Missouri crisis is well written and thoroughly researched and will repay a reader's careful and thoughtful consideration." —Journal of American History
"Forbes's account of the sectional conflict from the time of the Missouri crisis is well written and thoroughly researched and will repay a reader's careful and thoughtful consideration." '”Journal of American History
"Forbes's account of the sectional conflict from the time of the Missouri crisis is well written and thoroughly researched and will repay a reader's careful and thoughtful consideration." --Journal of American History
"[Forbes's] ability to question the depths of a proslavery 'consensus' before 1819 is intriguing." _ The Virginia Quarterly Review
"[Forbes's] ability to question the depths of a proslavery 'consensus' before 1819 is intriguing." -- The Virginia Quarterly Review
"[Forbes's] ability to question the depths of a proslavery 'consensus' before 1819 is intriguing." --The Virginia Quarterly Review
"Forbes's account of the sectional conflict from the time of the Missouri crisis is well written and thoroughly researched and will repay a reader's careful and thoughtful consideration." -- Journal of American History
"Certain to become essential reading on the era of good feelings and the origins of the second-party system. . . .Extremely rich and complex. . . . Important and intriguing." —Journal of Interdisciplinary History
"[An] impressively researched book. . . . Sure to inform future discussions of the politics of slavery, and its timely message speaks to Americans today." —Missouri Historical Review
"Certain to become essential reading on the era of good feelings and the origins of the second-party system. . . .Extremely rich and complex. . . . Important and intriguing." -- Journal of Interdisciplinary History
"Certain to become essential reading on the era of good feelings and the origins of the second-party system. . . .Extremely rich and complex. . . . Important and intriguing." --Journal of Interdisciplinary History
"Certain to become essential reading on the era of good feelings and the origins of the second-party system. . . .Extremely rich and complex. . . . Important and intriguing." '”Journal of Interdisciplinary History
"[An] impressively researched book. . . . Sure to inform future discussions of the politics of slavery, and its timely message speaks to Americans today." '”Missouri Historical Review
"[An] impressively researched book. . . . Sure to inform future discussions of the politics of slavery, and its timely message speaks to Americans today." --Missouri Historical Review
"[An] impressively researched book. . . . Sure to inform future discussions of the politics of slavery, and its timely message speaks to Americans today." -- Missouri Historical Review
"An important book offering the first systematic reinterpretation of the Missouri Compromise and its aftermath in more than a generation. . . . A brilliant and an essential reconsideration of an important episode in American history. It is a work of thorough scholarship and penetrating insights." —American Historical Review
"An important book offering the first systematic reinterpretation of the Missouri Compromise and its aftermath in more than a generation. . . . A brilliant and an essential reconsideration of an important episode in American history. It is a work of thorough scholarship and penetrating insights." '”American Historical Review
"A compelling case study of the centrality of slavery to early national America." --Journal of Southern History
"An important book offering the first systematic reinterpretation of the Missouri Compromise and its aftermath in more than a generation. . . . A brilliant and an essential reconsideration of an important episode in American history. It is a work of thorough scholarship and penetrating insights." -- American Historical Review
"An important book offering the first systematic reinterpretation of the Missouri Compromise and its aftermath in more than a generation. . . . A brilliant and an essential reconsideration of an important episode in American history. It is a work of thorough scholarship and penetrating insights." --American Historical Review
"A compelling case study of the centrality of slavery to early national America." _ Journal of Southern History
"A compelling case study of the centrality of slavery to early national America." -- Journal of Southern History
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Robert Pierce Forbes goes behind the scenes of the crucial Missouri Compromise, the most important sectional crisis before the Civil War, to reveal the high-level deal-making, diplomacy, and deception that defused the crisis.
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This is a look behind the scenes of the crucial Missouri Compromise, the most important sectional crisis before the Civil War, to reveal the high level deal-making, diplomacy, and deception that defused the crisis, including the central, unexpected role of President James Monroe.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
Monroe Takes Chargep. 14
Missourip. 33
Compromisep. 69
Silencep. 121
Discordp. 141
Beneficencep. 179
Democracyp. 210
Forcep. 238
Epilogue: Kansasp. 274
Notesp. 293
Acknowledgmentsp. 349
Indexp. 351
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