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Author Roberts-Miller, Patricia, 1959-

Title Fanatical schemes : proslavery rhetoric and the tragedy of consensus / Patricia Roberts-Miller
Published Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (x, 286 pages)
Contents "Slavery shall not be discussed" : the political power of the irrational rhetor -- "With firm, undaunted resolution" : the rhetoric of doom -- "A deep conviction, settled on every bosom" : alarmism, conspiracy, and unification -- "For the sake of your wives, children and their posterity" : manly politics -- "Careless of the consequences" : extended defenses of slavery -- "Our laws to regulate slaves are entirely founded on terror" : the political theory of slave codes -- "The sweet waters of Concord and Union" : proslavery rhetoric in a deliberative setting -- Conclusion : "Any rational plan" : the responsibilities of rhetoric
Summary Fanatical Schemes is a study of proslavery rhetoric in the 1830s. A common understanding of the antebellum slavery debate is that the increased stridency of abolitionists in the 1830s, particularly the abolitionist pamphlet campaign of 1835, provoked proslavery politicians into greater intransigence and inflammatory rhetoric. Patricia Roberts-Miller argues that, on the contrary, inflammatory rhetoric was inherent to proslavery ideology and predated any shift in abolitionist practices. She examines novels, speeches, and defenses of slavery written after the pamphlet controversy to underscore th
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-274) and index
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject Abolitionists -- Political activity -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Antislavery movements -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Consensus (Social sciences) -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Fanaticism -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Politicians -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Rhetoric -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Slavery -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Slavery -- United States -- Justification -- History -- 19th century
United States -- Politics and government -- 1829-1837.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1837-1841.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0817356533
0817381252 (electronic)
9780817381257 (electronic)
(cloth ; alk. paper)
(cloth ; alk. paper)