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Stephen A. Douglas and Antebellum democracy

Author / Creator
Quitt, Martin H
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"This thematic biography demonstrates how Stephen Douglas's path from a conflicted youth in Vermont to dim prospects in New York to overnight stardom in Illinois led to his identification with the ...

"This thematic biography demonstrates how Stephen Douglas's path from a conflicted youth in Vermont to dim prospects in New York to overnight stardom in Illinois led to his identification with the Democratic Party and his belief that the federal government should respect the diversity of states and territories. His relationships with his mother, sister, teachers, brothers-in-law, other men and two wives are explored in depth. When he conducted the first cross-country campaign by a presidential candidate in American history, few among the hundreds of thousands that saw him in 1860 knew that his wife and he had just lost their infant daughter or that Douglas controlled a large Mississippi slave plantation. His story illuminates the gap between democracy then and today. The book draws on a variety of previously unexamined sources"--

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Creator
Martin H. Quitt
Format
Books
Language
English
Publication
  • New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012
Physical Details
  • xv, 210 pages ; 25 cm
ISBNs
1107639018, 9781107639010, 1107024781, 9781107024786
OCLC
ocn785808896

  • Includes bibliographical references and index.

  • 1. Adolescence in Vermont -- 2. Schooling, learning, and passing the bar -- 3. Family influences, stress, and bonds -- 4. Democratic prodigy in Illinois -- 5. Constitutionalism, Part I : noncitizen voting, apportionment, and internal improvements -- 6. Constitutionalism, Part II : slavery in the territories -- 7. The 1860 campaign and the code against campaigning -- 8. In Lincoln's shadow -- 9. Douglas's Mississippi slaves
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