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Jacksonian Antislavery and the Politics of Free Soil, 1824-1854 Paperback – October 25, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0807855553 ISBN-10: 0807855553 Edition: First Edition

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  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; First Edition edition (October 25, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807855553
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807855553
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #826,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Deeply researched, lucidly written, clearly and provocatively argued, and packed with new information." -- "Civil War History Journal"

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Provides a welcome and path-breaking look at the origins of the Free-Soil movement and its significant influence on the political realignments of the late 1840s and 1850s. . . . A finely crafted work, carefully weaving together biographies and events at the state and national levels in an engaging and accessible narrative. It makes a strong argument to all students of American political history that antislavery Jacksonians were pivotal figures in bringing about the ultimate destruction of southern slavery.--North Carolina Historical Review

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Erica Hare on August 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
In the contemporary professional world of academic writing current history professors have unfortunately succumbed to falling back on the traditional stereotypical role of pretentious writing, utilization of uncommon vocabulary, complicated imagery relating to their historical subject, and hard to understand primary evidence that the general public can not relate to in their own lives and era.

However, Jonathan Earle effectively demonstrates in his book with superlative ease how past U.S. politics, its parties, and the era in which they were at it's apex, can indeed be interesting to the general public again. Jonathan Earle counter poses the traditional stereotypical role by using interesting primary evidence through out his book, in which he makes you feel like you were actually participating in the events and conversations that took place almost 182 years ago.

Earle uses fascinating historical imagery that not only correlates to what he writes about, but makes you want to explore the images away from the fascinating and important emergence of the Free Soil Party, which defied the traditional system of U.S. politics up to that point in our brief history as a nation. With just a brief emergence of a new century this book shows that our young nation was already facing dire dilemmas that would eventually divide a nation into half for four bloody years. With more men, women, and children who were murdered on both the Union and Confederate sides, then both World Wars and contemporary wars that the U.S. has been involved in to this day.

This is an outstanding read that will take your imagination on a wild adventure back to a time period and political party that is too often negated in U.S. history.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dave J Peavler on July 31, 2011
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This is a wonderful survey of Free Soil politics that my students have found both accesible and fascinating. Let me say this in a more direct way-people who don't usually read books enjoyed this book. Earle's writing is crisp and his attention to detail is superb. For those wishing to understand the period leading up to the Civil War, this book is a great place to start.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Eilperin on May 8, 2006
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Jonathan Earle's deftly written, lively account of the Free Soil Democrats' role in the antislavery effort challenges traditional interpretations of the movement, showing these politicians played a critical role in this country's push toward equality. But more than that, Earle makes you feel like you were at the dinner table with these folks as they debated the central issue of the day, and that's worth the price of the book alone.
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5 of 16 people found the following review helpful By John P. Hale on November 23, 2004
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I picked up this pounder in hopes of gardening on the cheap, but little did I know what pleasure I would find delving into this well-written account of a fertile time in our nation's history that doesn't get much play in the schools. And, so informative for any one interested in history, and history of the US. Even the garderner in me was gratified: I never knew that hickory needed a split to thrive. What's the sequel?
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