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Title Congress and the crisis of the 1850s / edited by Paul Finkelman and Donald R. Kennon.
Imprint Athens : Published for the United States Capitol Historical Society by Ohio University Press, [2012]
©2012

Series Perspectives on the history of Congress, 1801-1877
Perspectives on the history of Congress, 1801-1877.
Subject United States. Congress -- History -- 19th century.
Slavery -- United States -- Extension to the territories.
Slavery -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Slavery -- United States -- Legal status of slaves in free states.
Fugitive slaves -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States.
Slavery -- Law and legislation -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Sectionalism (United States) -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1815-1861.
Alt Name Finkelman, Paul, 1949-
Kennon, Donald R., 1948-
United States Capitol Historical Society.
Description 1 online resource (vi, 231 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction : a disastrous decade / Paul Finkelman -- Politics, patronage, and public policy : the Compromise of 1850 / Michael F. Holt -- The appeasement of 1850 / Paul Finkleman -- Beyond the balance rule : Congress, statehood, and slavery, 1850-1859 / Matthew Glassman -- Manifest destiny's hangover : Congress confronts territorial expansion and martial masculinity in the 1850s / Amy S. Greenberg -- "When the victims of oppression stand up manfully for themselves" : the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 and the role of African Americans in obstructing its enforcement / Spencer R. Crew -- "Agitation is as necessary as tranquility is dangerous" : Kinsley S. Bingham becomes a Republican / Martin J. Hershock -- Dred, panic, war : how a slave case triggered financial crisis and civil disunion / Jenny Wahl -- "Hit him again" : the caning of Charles Sumner / Brooks D. Simpson.
Summary During the long decade from 1848 to 1861 America was like a train speeding down the track, without an engineer or brakes. The new territories acquired from Mexico had vastly increased the size of the nation, but debate over their status-and more importantly the status of slavery within them-paralyzed the nation. Southerners gained access to the territories and a draconian fugitive slave law in the Compromise of 1850, but this only exacerbated sectional tensions. Virtually all northerners, even those who supported the law because they believed that it would preserve the union, despised being t.
ISBN 9780821443996 (electronic bk.)
0821443992 (electronic bk.)
0821419773
9780821419779
OCLC # 787846315
Additional Format Print version: Congress and the crisis of the 1850s. Athens : Published for the United States Capitol Historical Society by Ohio University Press, ©2012 (DLC) 2011036823