Antebellum America, 1787–1861

A Sourcebook on States’ Rights, Limited Government, Slavery, Political Violence and the Road to Civil War

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About the Book

A companion volume to Abraham Lincoln and His Times, this book is a documentary sourcebook intended to provide a roadmap to the antebellum era. The primary documents assembled herein describe how slavery became intertwined with the antebellum arguments over the nature of the federal constitution, whether it created a national government or a loose confederation of states. The emphatic opinions on both sides of this debate are highlighted in the documents compiled in this book. Also highlighted is the evolution of the pro-slavery argument that the institution of slavery was a social positive and should be preserved. Introductory essays and a biographical appendix provide context for more than 145 documents presented. Many of these documents have not been included in prior collections of antebellum documents, and taken together provide a fresh perspective on this tumultuous era in American history.

About the Author(s)

Thomas J. Ebert is a retired reference and documents librarian at California State University, Fresno where he also served as associate vice president for academic personnel. He lives in Clovis, California. Allen Carden is a professor emeritus of history and former president of Fresno Pacific University. He wrote a book on the history of emancipation and was the coauthor with Thomas J. Ebert of a scholarly biography of Lincoln’s private secretary, John George Nicolay.

Bibliographic Details

Compiled and Edited by Thomas J. Ebert and Allen Carden
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2024
pISBN: 978-1-4766-9631-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-5393-8
Imprint: McFarland