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Liberty Power: Antislavery Third Parties and the Transformation of American Politics

Corey M. Brooks


This book tells the story of how abolitionist activists built the most transformative third-party movement in American history and set in motion changes that eventuated in the rise of the Republican Party, and ultimately, the Civil War and the abolition of American slavery. Because of the longstanding bifurcation between studies of the antislavery movement and studies of the sectional conflict, political abolitionists’ vital role in both has been too frequently overlooked. This book corrects this disconnect and shows how political abolitionists, working first through the Liberty Party and then ... More

Keywords: Liberty Party, Free Soil Party, political abolitionists, abolition, abolitionists, antislavery movement, Slave Power, Republican Party, Civil War, U.S. Congress

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226307282
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226307312.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Corey M. Brooks, author
Assistant professor of history at York College of Pennsylvania

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