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The Resource Wolf by the ears : the Missouri crisis, 1819-1821, John R. Van Atta

Wolf by the ears : the Missouri crisis, 1819-1821, John R. Van Atta

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Wolf by the ears : the Missouri crisis, 1819-1821
Title
Wolf by the ears
Title remainder
the Missouri crisis, 1819-1821
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John R. Van Atta
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eng
Summary
"From the early days of the republic, American leaders knew that an unpredictable time bomb--the question of slavery--lay at the heart of national politics. An implicit understanding between North and South helped to keep the issue at bay: Northern states, where slavery had been set on course for extinction via gradual emancipation, tacitly agreed to respect the property rights of Southern slaveholders; in return, Southerners essentially promised to view slaveholding as a practical evil and look for ways to get rid of it. By 1819-1820, however, westward expansion had brought the matter to a head. As Thomas Jefferson wrote at the time, a nation dealing with the politically implacable issue of slavery essentially held the 'wolf' by the ears--and could neither let go nor hang on forever. In Wolf by the Ears, John R. Van Atta discusses how the sectional conflict that led to the Civil War surfaced in the divisive fight over Missouri statehood. The first organized Louisiana Purchase territory to lie completely west of the Mississippi River and northwest of the Ohio, Missouri carried special significance for both pro- and anti-slavery advocates. Northern congressmen leaped out of their seats to object to the proposed expansion of the slave 'empire,' while slave-state politicians voiced outrage at the Northerners' blatant sectional attack. Although the Missouri confrontation ultimately appeared to end amicably with a famous compromise that the wily Kentuckian Henry Clay helped to cobble together, the passions it unleashed proved vicious, widespread, and long lasting. Van Atta deftly explains how the Missouri crisis revealed the power that slavery had already gained over American nation building. He explores the external social, cultural, and economic forces that gave the confrontation such urgency around the country, as well as the beliefs, assumptions, and fears that characterized both sides of the slavery argument. Wolf by the Ears provides students in American history with an ideal introduction to the Missouri crisis while at the same time offering fresh insights for scholars of the early republic"--
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Van Atta, John Robert
Dewey number
973.5/4
Index
index present
LC call number
E373
LC item number
.V23 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Missouri compromise
  • Slavery
  • Slavery
  • United States
  • United States
  • Sectionalism (United States)
  • Missouri
  • HISTORY / United States / General
  • HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Midwest (IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI)
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Slavery
  • Missouri compromise
  • Political science
  • Sectionalism (United States)
  • Slavery
  • Slavery
  • Territorial expansion
  • Missouri
  • United States
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Wolf by the ears : the Missouri crisis, 1819-1821, John R. Van Atta
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
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rdacarrier.
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent.
Contents
Prologue: Knell of the Union? -- Origins -- The West -- Impasse -- Compromises -- Aftermath -- Epilogue: Willard's Hotel
Control code
894935890
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
x, 199 pages
Isbn
9781421416526
Lccn
2014033402
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)894935890
Label
Wolf by the ears : the Missouri crisis, 1819-1821, John R. Van Atta
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Prologue: Knell of the Union? -- Origins -- The West -- Impasse -- Compromises -- Aftermath -- Epilogue: Willard's Hotel
Control code
894935890
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
x, 199 pages
Isbn
9781421416526
Lccn
2014033402
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)894935890

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