- Paperback: 282 pages
- Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; New edition edition (October 25, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0807855553
- ISBN-13: 978-0807855553
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,724,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jacksonian Antislavery and the Politics of Free Soil, 1824-1854 New edition Edition
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Deeply researched, lucidly written, clearly and provocatively argued, and packed with new information.--Civil War History Journal
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
Provides fresh readings of new or underused evidence to make the case that Democratic free soilers were an essential part of the coalition that helped root out slavery in North America.--Historical New Hampshire
In this first-rate, path-breaking book, Jonathan Earle engages familiar literature and, much to his credit, takes our understanding of political antislavery into unexplored terrain. He shows persuasively that Free Soil Democrats stood apart from other antislavery activists whose reformist agenda was both broader and infused with evangelical uplift. He illuminates a largely ignored dimension of the Free Soil and Republican parties and, in the process, enriches our understanding of the sectional crisis.--Michael A. Morrison, Purdue University
Earle writes with style and vigor in an engaging narrative approach.--Journal of American History
Jonathan Earle revises the revisionists in this lucid and well-argued demonstration of the vital Jacksonian contribution to the abolition of slavery. Jacksonian Antislavery enriches the literature of the age of Jackson.--Arthur Schlesinger Jr.
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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. In my view Jonathan Earle's book and his writing has triumphantly pounced the traditional stereotypical role. That historical subjects and academic writing can not only appeal to the general public again, but more importantly Earle's book shows just how significant past key historical events and U.S. politics have shaped our lives to this very day.