On Slavery, Sectionalism, and the First and Second Party Systems

The “First Party System,” according to Donald Grier Stephenson, pitted the Federalists (created by Alexander Hamilton and including John Adams, Fisher Ames, and John Marshall) against the Republicans or Antifederalists (created by Thomas Jefferson and including James Madison, Albert Gallatin, and Philip Freneau) and “took shape at the national level soon after government under the […]

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2008 National Book Award Winner: The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

Congratulations to Annette Gordon-Reed for winning the 2008 National Book Award for non-fiction. Annette Gordon-Reed The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family W.W. Norton & Company CITATION “In the mesmerizing narrative of Annette Gordon-Reed’s American family saga, one feels the steady accretion of convincing argument: Her book is at once a painstaking history of slavery, […]

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Exploring Causes of the Civil War – Part II – Antebellum America

In the last post, I kicked off a series looking at the causes of the American Civil War. Study of 19th century Antebellum America reveals a young country experiencing incredible change. Its rate of growth in almost all measures was unrivaled in the world. Its population was exploding through both immigration and birth rate. The […]

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