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Northern Men with Southern Loyalties: The Democratic Party and the Sectional Crisis

Michael Todd Landis


In the decade before the Civil War, Northern Democrats, although they ostensibly represented antislavery and free-state constituencies, made possible the passage of such proslavery legislation as the Compromise of 1850 and Fugitive Slave Law of the same year, the Kansas–Nebraska Act of 1854, and the Lecompton Constitution of 1858. This book contends that a full understanding of the Civil War and its causes is impossible without a careful examination of the Northern wing of the Democratic Party and its proslavery sentiments and activities. It focuses on a variety of key Democratic politicians, ... More

Keywords: partisan dynamics, Civil War, Northern Democrats, proslavery legislation, state politics, national policy, Democratic Party

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780801453267
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801453267.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Todd Landis, author
Assistant Professor of History, Tarleton State University