Congress and the crisis of the 1850s

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  • Includes bibliographical references and index.

Contents

  • Introduction : a disastrous decade / Paul Finkelman -- Politics, patronage, and public policy : the Compromise of 1850 / Michael F. Holt -- The appeasement of 1850 / Paul Finkleman -- Beyond the balance rule : Congress, statehood, and slavery, 1850-1859 / Matthew Glassman -- Manifest destiny's hangover : Congress confronts territorial expansion and martial masculinity in the 1850s / Amy S. Greenberg -- "When the victims of oppression stand up manfully for themselves" : the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 and the role of African Americans in obstructing its enforcement / Spencer R. Crew -- "Agitation is as necessary as tranquility is dangerous" : Kinsley S. Bingham becomes a Republican / Martin J. Hershock -- Dred, panic, war : how a slave case triggered financial crisis and civil disunion / Jenny Wahl -- "Hit him again" : the caning of Charles Sumner / Brooks D. Simpson
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