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Liberty PowerAntislavery Third Parties and the Transformation of American Politics$
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Corey M. Brooks

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226307282

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226307312.001.0001

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“A Temporary ‘Third Party’”: Antislavery Whig Dissidents in the 1841 Speakership Contest

“A Temporary ‘Third Party’”: Antislavery Whig Dissidents in the 1841 Speakership Contest

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(p.73) Interlude Two “A Temporary ‘Third Party’”: Antislavery Whig Dissidents in the 1841 Speakership Contest
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Liberty Power
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Corey M. Brooks

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226307312.003.0005

This section shows how antislavery Whigs including John Quincy Adams, Seth Gates, Joshua Giddings, and William Slade bucked their party leadership and refused to support another slaveholder in the 1841 election for Speaker of the House. Though this small protest was unable to block the election of Kentucky’s John White, political abolitionists cautiously praised this step as evidence that the Slave Power’s demands were beginning to wear on the most committed antislavery members of the Whig congressional majority.

Keywords:   1841 election for Speaker of the House, Speaker of the House, Slave Power, political abolitionists, John Quincy Adams, Seth Gates, Joshua Giddings, William Slade, John White

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