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Politics and Power in a Slave Society - J. Mills Thornton
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More than three decades after its initial publication, J. Mills Thornton's Politics and Power in a Slave Society remains the definitive study of political culture in antebellum Alabama. Controversial when it first appeared, the book argues against a view of prewar Alabama as an aristocratic society governed by a planter elite. Instead, Thornton claims that Alabama was an aggressively democratic state, and that this very egalitarianism set the stage for secession. White Alabamians had first-hand experiences with slavery, and these encounters warned them to guard against the imposition of economic or social reforms that might limit their equality. Playing upon their fears, the leaders of the southern rights movement warned that national consolidation presented the danger that fanatic northern reformers would force alien values upon Alabama and its residents. These threats gained traction when national reforms of the 1850s gave state government a more active role in the everyday life of Alabama citizens; and ambitious young politicians were able to carry the state into secession in 1861. Politics and Power in a Slave Society continues to inspire scholars by challenging one of the fundamental articles of the American creed: that democracy intrinsically produces good. Contrary to our conventional wisdom, slavery was not an un-American institution, but rather coexisted with and supported the democratic beliefs of white Alabama. 19th century,abolition,americas,civil war,education and reference,elections and political process,general,history,modern (16th-21st centuries),political science Elections & Political Process, Louisiana State University Press

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Politics and Power Slave Society

Thornton, J. Mills


Politics and Power Slave Society



By exploring antebellum politics in Alabama, Thornton explains the conditions of the hidden alliance between slavery and Jacksonian ideology that made secession possible. Supported with maps, charts, and voting records, Politics and Power argues that slavery, contrary to our conventional wisdom, was not an un-American institution. White Alabamians, valuing personal freedom and political equality, came to believe that their independence was predicated on the preservation of black slavery.

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EAN (ISBN-13): 9780807108918
ISBN (ISBN-10): 080710891X
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press

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ISBN/EAN: 080710891X

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0-8071-0891-X, 978-0-8071-0891-8

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