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The Debate Over Slavery: Antislavery and Proslavery Liberalism in Antebellum America

by Ericson, David F.
Publisher: New York University Press
Retail Price: $19.00
Issue: Fall 2001
ISBN: 081472213x

Did abolition and pro-slavery arguments blossom from the same vine? David F. Ericson argues that the tow opposing sides drew upon the same foundation -- progressive liberalism -- to establish their rhetoric. Though they reached very different conclusions, each side saw itself as the protector of "the nation's special mission in history."

review of The Debate Over Slavery: Antislavery and Proslavery Liberalism in Antebellum America, by Ericson, David F., Civil War Book Review, (Fall 2001).