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Arguing About Slavery

Arguing About Slavery - 95 edition

ISBN13: 978-0679768449

Cover of Arguing About Slavery 95 (ISBN 978-0679768449)
ISBN13: 978-0679768449
ISBN10: 0679768440
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 95
Publisher: Vintage Books
Published: 1995
International: No

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Arguing About Slavery - 95 edition

ISBN13: 978-0679768449

William Lee Miller

ISBN13: 978-0679768449
ISBN10: 0679768440
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 95
Publisher: Vintage Books

Published: 1995
International: No
Summary

In the 1830s slavery was so deeply entrenched that it could not even be discussed in Congress, which had enacted a ''gag rule'' to ensure that anti-slavery petitions would be summarily rejected. This stirring book chronicles the parliamentary battle to bring ''the peculiar institution'' into the national debate, a battle that some historians have called ''the Pearl Harbor of the slavery controversy.'' The campaign to make slavery officially and respectably debatable was waged by John Quincy Adams who spent nine years defying gags, accusations of treason, and assassination threats. In the end he made his case through a combination of cunning and sheer endurance. Telling this story with a brilliant command of detail,Arguing About Slaveryendows history with majestic sweep, heroism, and moral weight. ''Dramatic, immediate, intensely readable, fascinating and often moving.''--New York Times Book Review

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