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Free soil, free labor, free men : the ideology of the Republican Party before the Civil War

Author: Eric Foner
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : EnglishView all editions and formats
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[This book] has been recognized as a ... contribution to our understanding of the causes of the American Civil War. A key work in establishing political ideology as a major concern of modern American historians, it remains the only full-scale evaluation of the ideas of the early Republican party. Now with a new introduction, [the author] puts his argument into the context of contemporary scholarship, reassessing the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Eric Foner
OCLC Number: 85776956
Notes: Originally published: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©1995.
Description: 1 audio disc : digital, mono ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Idea of free labor in nineteenth-century America --
Introduction --
Free labor, the Republicans and Northern society --
Republican critique of the South --
Salmon P. Chase, the Constitution and the slave power --
Radicals, anti-slavery politics and the moral imperative --
Democratic Republicans --
Conservatives and moderates --
Republicans and nativism --
Republicans and race --
Slavery and the Republican ideology.
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