Liberty and Slavery: Southern Politics to 1860

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University of South Carolina Press, 2000 - Political Science - 309 pages
An exploration of the American South's paradoxical devotion to liberty and the practice of slavery. Cooper contends that southerners defined their notions of liberty in terms of its opposite - slavery. He assesses how abolitionism, in the eyes of white southerners, threatened the death of liberty.

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William J. Cooper, Jr., is Boyd Professor of History at Louisiana State University, where he has taught since 1968.

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