The Slaveholding Republic An Account of the United States

10 thoughts on “The Slaveholding Republic An Account of the United States Government's Relations to Slavery

  1. Chip Douglass Chip Douglass says:

    A book that convincingly argues that far from just tacitly tolerating slavery the United States was effectively a pro slavery nation from its founding until the end of the Civil War At home and abroad the US government played the role of slave catcher slave trader and slave territory expanderThe chapters on US complicity in the Atlantic slave trade and the general pro slavery bent of American foreign policy in the antebellum period were especially revealing as Fehrenbacher really lays bear how much slavery colored US diplomacy He details how successive administrations from James Monroe to James Buchanan turned down repeated British reuests for American aid in suppressing the slave trade In particular the US refusal to agree to the key British demand the right to search vessels flying the US flag in international waters practically carved a Stars and Stripes sized loophole in the slave trade; Brazilian and Spanish slave traders proudly flew the US flag knowing it granted them immunity from British seizure of their human cargo Persistent US efforts to force Britain to hand over runaway slaves are also documented in the book slaves that escaped with the British after the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 fled to Canada or were shipwrecked in the Bahamas were all alike eagerly pursued by the US government At home the story was much the same Fugitive slaves were pursued with the same ardor by federal marshals and commissioners; the nation's capital under the direct supervision of the federal government was made safe for slavery; and the government ensured that as the territorial reach of the United States extended ever westward slavery or less followed in its footsteps Reading this book really drives home why the South reacted as violently as it did to the ascension of a moderately anti slavery Republican administration in 1861 Having relied upon the safety blanket of a sympathetic federal government to protect slavery for so long for Southerners to see that government now in the hands of a party that was committed to restricting slavery's reach and indeed putting it on the long term path to extinction made the South's anger and feeling of insecurity all the palpable

  2. Bud Bud says:

    The review found under the following linkhttprhapsodyinbookswordpresscomsums up my impression of Fehrenbacher's book as well I highly recommend it to anyone interested in this subject

  3. D. L. Turner D. L. Turner says:

    This author is a well noted historian He argues in this volume that the framers of the Constitution had not intended to make slavery a national institution Despite this a Southern dominated Congress managed to provide protection within the national government enabling it to survive Not all Americans acuiesced in this new understanding leading to a sectionalization of politics that produced a bloody conflagration The author argues that the Constitution was neither pro nor anti slavery in its intended but neutral He also points out that Lincoln believed that the fundamental law had been established upon a cultural assumption that slavery would remain only temporarily in a land After the Constitution's ratification however the government became subservient to Slave holding interests Lincoln attempted to reverse this resulting in the Civil War

  4. John John says:

    Another extraordinary achievement of the late lamented historian of the US during the early national and antebellum periods He traces uite clearly how the federal government protected slavery from the adoption of the federal constitution until the Civil War

  5. Karen Karen says:

    Understanding Oppression African American Rights Then and NowThe Slaveholding Republic An Account of the United States Government's Relations to #slavery

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The Slaveholding Republic An Account of the United States Government's Relations to Slavery [Reading] ➻ The Slaveholding Republic An Account of the United States Government's Relations to Slavery By Don E. Fehrenbacher – William Lloyd Garrison argued and many leading historians have since agreed that the Constitution of the United States was a proslavery document Garrison called it a covenant with death and an agreeme William Lloyd Garrison argued Republic An PDF ✓ and many leading historians have since The Slaveholding PDF \ agreed that the Constitution of the United States was a proslavery Slaveholding Republic An eBook ¸ document Garrison called it a covenant with death and an agreement Slaveholding Republic An Account of MOBI :Ê with hell But in The Slaveholding Republic one of America's most eminent historians Don E Fehrenbacher argues against this claim in a wide ranging landmark history that stretches from the Continental Congress to the Presidency of Abraham Lincoln Fehrenbacher ranges from sharp eyed analyses of the deal making behind the proslavery clauses of the constitution to colorful accounts of partisan debates in Congress and heated confrontations with Great Britain for instance over slaves taken off American ships and freed in British ports He shows us that the Constitution itself was or less neutral on the issue of slavery and that in the antebellum period the idea that the Constitution protected slavery was hotly debated many Northerners would concede only that slavery was protected by state law not by federal law Nevertheless he also reveals that US policy whether in foreign courts Slaveholding Republic An Account of MOBI :Ê on the high seas in federal territories or even in the District of Columbia was consistently proslavery The book concludes with a brilliant portrait of Lincoln Fehrenbacher makes clear why Lincoln's election was such a shock to the South and shows how Lincoln's approach to emancipation which seems exceedingly cautious by modern standards uickly evolved into a Republican revolution that ended the anomaly of the United States as a slaveholding republic The last and perhaps most important book by a Pulitzer Prize winning historian The Slaveholding Republic illuminates one of the most enduring issues in our nation's history.