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The Resource The war before the war : fugitive slaves and the struggle for America's soul from the Revolution to the Civil War, Andrew Delbanco

The war before the war : fugitive slaves and the struggle for America's soul from the Revolution to the Civil War, Andrew Delbanco

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The war before the war : fugitive slaves and the struggle for America's soul from the Revolution to the Civil War
Title
The war before the war
Title remainder
fugitive slaves and the struggle for America's soul from the Revolution to the Civil War
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Andrew Delbanco
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
  • Explains how fugitive slaves escaping from the South to the northern states awakened northerners to the true nature of slavery and how the Compromise of 1850 and the Fugitive Slave Act divided the nation and set it on the path to civil war
  • "For decades after its founding, America was really two nations--one slave, one free. There were many reasons why this composite nation ultimately broke apart, but the fact that enslaved black people repeatedly risked their lives to flee their masters in the South in search of freedom in the North proved that the "united" states was actually a lie. Fugitive slaves exposed the contradiction between the myth that slavery was a benign institution and the reality that a nation based on the principle of human equality was in fact a prison house in which millions of Americans had no rights at all. By awakening northerners to the true nature of slavery, and by enraging southerners who demanded the return of their human "property," fugitive slaves forced the nation to confront the truth about itself. By 1850, with America on the verge of collapse, Congress reached what it hoped was a solution--the notorious Compromise of 1850, which required that fugitive slaves be returned to their masters. Like so many political compromises before and since, it was a deal by which white Americans tried to advance their interests at the expense of black Americans. Yet the Fugitive Slave Act, intended to preserve the Union, in fact set the nation on the path to civil War. It divided not only the American nation but also the hearts and minds of Americans who struggled with the timeless problem of when to submit to an unjust law and when to resist. The fugitive slave story illuminates what brought us to War with ourselves and the terrible legacies of slavery that are with us still."--Book jacket
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1952-
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Delbanco, Andrew
Dewey number
973.7/115
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
Text in English
LC call number
E450
LC item number
.D45 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Fugitive slaves
  • Fugitive slaves
  • Slavery
  • Slavery
  • United States
  • Fugitive slaves
  • American Civil War (1861-1865)
  • Fugitive slaves
  • Fugitive slaves
  • Slavery
  • War
  • United States
  • HISTORY / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civil Rights
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies
  • Flucht
  • Sklave
  • USA
  • USA
Label
The war before the war : fugitive slaves and the struggle for America's soul from the Revolution to the Civil War, Andrew Delbanco
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 397-441) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
The long fuse : The problem ; Slavery and the Founders ; A compromised Constitution ; The first test ; Caught ; War of words ; Into the courts -- The fuse is lit : To the brink ; State of the Union ; The last truce ; Explosion ; Trials of conscience ; The end of compromise ; "And the war came."
Control code
1024137219
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
453 pages
Isbn
9781594204050
Lccn
2018419007
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1024137219
Label
The war before the war : fugitive slaves and the struggle for America's soul from the Revolution to the Civil War, Andrew Delbanco
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 397-441) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The long fuse : The problem ; Slavery and the Founders ; A compromised Constitution ; The first test ; Caught ; War of words ; Into the courts -- The fuse is lit : To the brink ; State of the Union ; The last truce ; Explosion ; Trials of conscience ; The end of compromise ; "And the war came."
Control code
1024137219
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
453 pages
Isbn
9781594204050
Lccn
2018419007
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1024137219

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