Arguing About Slavery

Arguing About Slavery

The Great Battle in the United States Congress

Book - 1996
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Random House, Inc.
In the 1830s slavery was so deeply entrenched that it could not even be discussed in Congress, which had enacted a "gag rule" to ensure that anti-slavery petitions would be summarily rejected. This stirring book chronicles the parliamentary battle to bring "the peculiar institution" into the national debate, a battle that some historians have called "the Pearl Harbor of the slavery controversy." The campaign to make slavery officially and respectably debatable was waged by John Quincy Adams who spent nine years defying gags, accusations of treason, and assassination threats. In the end he made his case through a combination of cunning and sheer endurance. Telling this story with a brilliant command of detail, Arguing About Slavery endows history with majestic sweep, heroism, and moral weight.

"Dramatic, immediate, intensely readable, fascinating and often moving."--New York Times Book Review

Baker & Taylor
Chronicles the 1830s battle over slavery in the U.S. Congress, a campaign led by former president John Quincy Adams and other prominent abolitionists. Reprint.

& Taylor

Describes the 1830s battle over slavery in the Congress, led by Adams and prominent abolitionists

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, Random House (distr.), c1996
ISBN: 9780679768449
Branch Call Number: 973.5 MIL
Characteristics: x, 577 p. ; 25 cm


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