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Slavery and the founders : race and liberty in the age of Jefferson

Author: Paul Finkelman
Publisher: Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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Paul Finkelman places the problem of slavery in the context of early American politics and the making of the Constitution. He argues that slavery was a bone of contention from the first days of the Constitutional Convention to the last, and he demonstrates persuasively that the debate on slavery in national politics and the problem of fugitive slaves predated the antebellum period. Finkelman looks unblinkingly at  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Finkelman
ISBN: 0765604388 9780765604385 0765604396 9780765604392
OCLC Number: 45304598
Description: xii, 296 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Making a covenant with death : slavery and the Constitutional Convention --
Slavery and the Northwest Ordinance : a study in ambiguity --
Evading the Ordinance : the persistence of bondage in Indiana and Illinois --
Implementing the proslavery Constitution : the adoption of the Fugitive Slave Law of 1793 --
The problem of slavery in the age of Federalism --
"Treason against the hopes of the world": Thomas Jefferson and slavery --
Thomas Jefferson, Sally Hemings, and antislavery : Historians and myths.
Responsibility: Paul Finkelman.

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A study of the attitudes of the founding "fathers" toward slavery. This revised text examines the views of Thomas Jefferson reflected in his life and writings and those of other founders as expressed  Read more...

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"A searing indictment of the hypocrisy of the Founders on slavery and the self-imposed blinders of their biographers".-- The Journal of American History

 
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