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Explores the South's paradoxical devotion to liberty and the practice of slavery

The recipient of high praise—and considerable debate for its provocative thesis—William J. Cooper, Jr.'s sweeping survey of antebellum southern politics returns to print for classroom and general use with this new paperback volume. In Liberty and Slavery Cooper contends that southerners defined their notions of liberty in terms of its opposite—slavery. He suggests that a jealous guardianship of the peculiar institution unified white southerners of differing economic, social, and religious standing and grounded their debates on nationalism and sectionalism, agriculture and manufacturing, territorial expansion and Western settlement. Cooper assesses how the South's devotion to liberty shaped its response to major legislation, judicial decisions, and military actions, and how abolitionism, in the eyes of white southerners, threatened the destruction of local control and the death of liberty.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Preface
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Contents
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  1. Prologue: The Call
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  1. 1. Colonial Antecedents
  2. pp. 3-27
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  1. 2. The Impact of the Revolution
  2. pp. 28-46
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  1. 3. Creating a New Political Arena
  2. pp. 47-69
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  1. 4. Self-Interest, Ideology, and Partisanship
  2. pp. 70-95
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  1. 5. Politics and Power
  2. pp. 96-119
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  1. 6. The Attractions and Perils of Nationalism
  2. pp. 120-147
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  1. 7. Change and Continuity
  2. pp. 148-169
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  1. 8. The Jackson Party and Southern Politics
  2. pp. 170-191
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  1. 9. Two-Party Politics
  2. pp. 192-212
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  1. 10. The Territorial Issue
  2. pp. 213-247
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  1. 11. Political Revolution
  2. pp. 248-281
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  1. Epilogue: Into the Confederacy
  2. pp. 282-287
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 288-296
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  1. Bibliographical Note
  2. pp. 297-306
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 307-311
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  1. Art Credits
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  1. About the Author
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781643362175
Related ISBN(s)
9781570033872
MARC Record
OCLC
1273307489
Pages
320
Launched on MUSE
2021-10-27
Language
English
Open Access
No

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