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Author Brooks, Corey M., author.

Title Liberty power : antislavery third parties and the transformation of American politics / Corey M. Brooks.

Publication Info. Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2016.


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Description 302 pages ; 24 cm.
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unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series American beginnings, 1500-1900
American beginnings, 1500-1900.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and 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 underappreciated 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. As Cory M. Brooks explains, abolitionist trail-blazers who organized first the Liberty Party and later the more moderate Free Soil Party confronted formidable opposition from a two-party system expressly constructed to suppress disputes over slavery. Identifying the Whigs and Democrats as the mainstays of the southern Slave Power's national supremacy, savvy abolitionists insisted that only a party independent of slaveholder influence could wrest the federal government from its grip. A series of shrewd electoral, lobbying, and legislative tactics enabled these antislavery third parties to wield influence far beyond their numbers. In the process, these parties transformed the national political debate and laid the groundwork for the success of the Republican Party and the end of American slavery. -- Provided by the publisher.
Contents Introduction -- Political abolition and the slave power argument, 1835-1840 -- Agitating the congress : abolitionist lobbying and antislavery alliances, 1836-1844 -- Building third-party electoral power, 1841-1846 -- Antislavery upheaval in the capitol : the Wilmot Proviso debates and the widening sectional divide, 1846-1848 -- Liberty men and the creation of an anti-slave power coalition, 1846-1849 -- Free soil politics and the twilight of the second party system, 1849-1853 -- The Nebraska outrage and the advent of the Republican Party, 1853-1855.
Subject Liberty Party (U.S. : 1840-1848)
Free Soil Party (U.S.)
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
Antislavery movements -- 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.
Slavery -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Free Soil Party (U.S.) (OCoLC)fst00671592
Liberty Party (U.S. : 1840-1848) (OCoLC)fst01718563
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ) (OCoLC)fst00544975
American Civil War (1861-1865) (OCoLC)fst01351658
Antislavery movements. (OCoLC)fst00810800
Politics and government. (OCoLC)fst01919741
Slavery -- Political aspects. (OCoLC)fst01120480
Third parties (United States politics) (OCoLC)fst01150126
War -- Causes. (OCoLC)fst01170331
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Chronological Term 1800-1899
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9780226307282 (cloth ; alk. paper)
022630728X (cloth ; alk. paper)
9780226307312 (ebook)
Standard No. 40025727784

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