A Companion to the Civil War and Reconstruction (Blackwell by Lacy Ford

By Lacy Ford

A spouse to the Civil conflict and Reconstruction addresses the major issues and issues of the Civil warfare period, with 23 unique essays via best students within the field.An authoritative quantity that surveys the heritage and historiography of the U.S. Civil struggle and ReconstructionAnalyzes the most important assets and the main influential books and articles within the fieldIncludes discussions on scholarly advances in U.S. Civil battle heritage.

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Although Monroe probably never knew that the Society’s agents used a portion of this money to purchase land in what became Liberia, he was certainly aware that virtually none of the black settlers who sailed for Africa were natives rescued from illegal slavers. The president, according to Staudenraus (1961: 51–3), often repeated the Society’s claims that free blacks constituted “a class of very dangerous people” who endangered southern stability (pp. 51–3). The prospect of mass removal, he hoped, might encourage masters to manumit their slaves and thus relocate the entire black population of Virginia.

Until a comprehensive study appears, two collections of essays and documents remain indispensable for understanding decisions made at the Philadelphia meeting. The first, Slavery and the Law, edited by legal scholar Paul Finkelman (1997), contains 14 original essays that explore the relationship of bondage to the constitution. , is an equally massive collection of primary documents that reveals the founders’ innermost thoughts on the greatest contradiction to the ideals of the Declaration. Neither collection offers much support to the popular notion that the revolutionary generation did all they could to eradicate slavery from the land of liberty.

That Jefferson, who as a young man had advocated restricting slavery from the public domain – North and South – could now recommend that it be allowed to spread beyond the Mississippi so as to better kill, serves as a sad reminder of how badly the enlightened southern men of the revolutionary generation had bungled this issue. As Joseph Ellis bluntly writes, the “political dimensions of [Jefferson’s] thinking are fuzzy” on this issue. “Slavery would migrate into the West and simply disappear in the vastness of empty space” (1998: 269).

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