A House Divided: The Antebellum Slavery Debates in America, 1776-1865

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Mason I. Lowance
Princeton University Press, 26.01.2003 - 492 Seiten

This anthology brings together under one cover the most important abolitionist and--unique to this volume--proslavery documents written in the United States between the American Revolution and the Civil War. It makes accessible to students, scholars, and general readers the breadth of the slavery debate. Including many previously inaccessible documents, A House Divided is a critical and welcome contribution to a literature that includes only a few volumes of antislavery writings and no volumes of proslavery documents in print.


Mason Lowance's introduction is an excellent overview of the antebellum slavery debate and its key issues and participants. Lowance also introduces each selection, locating it historically, culturally, and thematically as well as linking it to other writings. The documents represent the full scope of the varied debates over slavery. They include examples of race theory, Bible-based arguments for and against slavery, constitutional analyses, writings by former slaves and women's rights activists, economic defenses and critiques of slavery, and writings on slavery by such major writers as William Lloyd Garrison, John Greenleaf Whittier, Walt Whitman, Henry David Thoreau, and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Together they give readers a real sense of the complexity and heat of the vexed conversation that increasingly dominated American discourse as the country moved from early nationhood into its greatest trial.

 

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Inhalt

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
xiii
PREFACE
xxi
INTRODUCTION
xxvii
NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS
lxi
CHAPTER
1
CHAPTER 2
18
CHAPTER 3
46
Biblical Antislavery Arguments
88
HENRI GREGOIRE 17501831
273
O S FOWLER 18091887
283
Hereditary Descent
291
Ethnology
297
JOSIAH NOTT AND THE AMERICAN SCHOOL
310
The Abolitionist Crusade
327
WILLIAM LLOYD GARRISON 18051879
335
DAVID WALKER 17851830
352

CHAPTER 5
114
DAVID CHRISTY 1802N D AND E N ELLIOTT N D
141
Writers and Essayists in Conflict over Slavery
156
JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER 18071892
164
JAMES KIRKE PAULDING 17781860
177
JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL 18191891
186
WALT WHITMAN 18191892
195
EMERSON THOREAU AND ANTISLAVERY
203
HENRY DAVID THOREAU 18171862
215
RALPH WALDO EMERSON 18031882
225
HARRIET BEECHER STOWE 18111896 AND MARY
234
Aunt Philliss Cabin or Southern Life As It Is
244
NOTES ON STEPHEN JAY GOULDS CRITIQUE OF GEORGE
266
LYDIA MARIA CHILD 18021880
363
WILLIAM ELLERY CHANNING 17801842
379
JAMES MCCUNE SMITH 18131865
391
CATHARINE E BEECHER 18041878
404
Testimony of a Thousand Witnesses
417
WENDELL PHILLIPS 18111884
441
HORACE MANN 17961859
449
ALEXANDER CRUMMELL 18191898
455
HORACE BUSHNELL 18021876
462
Concluding Remarks and Alexis de Tocqueville 18051859
474
INDEX
485
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Mason I. Lowance, Jr., is Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is the author of The Language of Canaan: Metaphor and Symbol in New England from the Puritans to the Transcendentalists and Increase Mather and the editor of Against Slavery: An Abolitionist Reader and The Stowe Debate: Rhetorical Strategies in Uncle Tom's Cabin.

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