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Author Brooks, Corey M., author

Title Liberty power : antislavery third parties and the transformation of American politics / Corey M. Brooks
Published Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2016
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Series American beginnings, 1500-1900
American beginnings, 1500-1900.
Contents Introduction -- Chapter One. Political Abolition and the Slave Power Argument, 1835-1840 -- Interlude One. "Bowing Down to the Slave Power": Northern Whigs, Slavery, and the Speakership, 1839 -- Chapter Two. Agitating the Congress: Abolitionist Lobbying and Antislavery Alliances, 1836-1844 -- Interlude Two. "A Temporary 'Third Party'": Antislavery Whig Dissidents in the 1841 Speakership Contest -- Chapter Three. Building Third-Party Electoral Power, 1841-1846 -- Chapter Four. Antislavery Upheaval in the Capitol: The Wilmot Proviso Debates and the Widening Sectional Divide, 1846-1848 -- Interlude Three. "Let the Lines Be Drawn": Conscience Whig Insurgency and the 1847 Speakership Election -- Chapter Five. Liberty Men and the Creation of an Anti-Slave Power Coalition, 1846-1849 -- Interlude Four. "Glorious Confusion in the Ranks": The Free Soil Balance of Power, 1849 -- Chapter Six. Free Soil Politics and the Twilight of the Second Party System, 1849-1853 -- Chapter Seven. The Nebraska Outrage and the Advent of the Republican Party, 1853-1855 -- Interlude Five. "A New Era in Our History": The Longest Speakership Contest in American History and the First Republican National Victory, 1855-1856 -- Conclusion -- Acknowledgments -- Abbreviations -- Notes -- Index
Summary Abraham Lincoln's Republican Party was the first party built on opposition to slavery to win on the national stage - but its victory was rooted in the earlier efforts of under-appreciated antislavery third parties. Liberty Power tells the story of how abolitionist activists built the most transformative third-party movement in American history and effectively reshaped political structures in the decades leading up to the Civil War
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Free Soil Party (U.S.)
Liberty Party (U.S. : 1840-1848)
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
Antislavery movements -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Slavery -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Third parties (United States politics) -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Causes.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1845-1861.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 022630731X (electronic bk.)
9780226307312 (electronic bk.)
(cloth ;) (alk. paper)