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Author Quitt, Martin H.
Title Stephen A. Douglas and Antebellum democracy / Martin H. Quitt.
Imprint New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Author Quitt, Martin H.
Subject Douglas, Stephen A. (Stephen Arnold), 1813-1861.
United States. Congress. Senate -- Biography.
Legislators -- United States -- Biography.
Legislators -- Illinois -- Biography.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1845-1861.
Description 1 online resource
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Summary "This thematic biography demonstrates how Stephen Douglas's path from a conflicted youth in Vermont to dim prospects in New York to overnight stardom in Illinois led to his identification with the Democratic Party and his belief that the federal government should respect the diversity of states and territories. His relationships with his mother, sister, teachers, brothers-in-law, other men and two wives are explored in depth. When he conducted the first cross-country campaign by a presidential candidate in American history, few among the hundreds of thousands that saw him in 1860 knew that his wife and he had just lost their infant daughter or that Douglas controlled a large Mississippi slave plantation. His story illuminates the gap between democracy then and today. The book draws on a variety of previously unexamined sources"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. Adolescence in Vermont -- 2. Schooling, learning and passing the bar -- 3. Family influence, stress and bonds -- 4. Democratic prodigy in Illinois -- 5. Douglas's constitutionalism, part I : noncitizen voting, apportionment and internal improvements -- 6. Douglas's constitutionalism, part II : slavery in the territories -- 7. The campaign of 1860 and the code against campaigning -- 8. In Lincoln's shadow -- 9. Douglas's Mississippi slaves.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781139526371 (electronic bk.)
1139526375 (electronic bk.)
9781139176033 (electronic bk.)
113917603X (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 808367450
Additional Format Print version: Quitt, Martin H. Stephen A. Douglas and Antebellum democracy. New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012 9781107024786 (DLC) 2012012497 (OCoLC)785808896

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