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Slavery in the shadow of liberty : the problem of slavery in Congress and the nation's capital / Paul Finkelman
1. Congress and slavery in context
The impact of British abolitionism on American sectionalism / David Brion Davis
Christian statesmanship, codes of honor, and congressional violence : the antislavery travails and triumphs of Joshua Giddings / James B. Stewart
Gamaliel Bailey, antislavery journalist and lobbyist / Stanley Harrold
Saturday nights at the Baileys' : building an antislavery movement in Congress, 1838/1854 / Jonathan Earle
"A nest of rattlesnakes let loose among them" : congressional debates over women's antislavery petitions, 1835/1845 / Susan Zaeske
Debating slavery by proxy : the Texas annexation controversy / David Zarefsky
2. The politics of slavery in the District of Columbia
1846 retrocession of Alexandria : protecting slavery and the slave trade in the District of Columbia / A. Glenn Crothers
"Whether they be ours or no, they may be heirs of the kingdom" : the pursuit of family ties among enslaved people in the District of Columbia / Mary Beth Corrigan
1848 Pearl escape from Washington, D.C. : a convergence of opportunity, motivation, and political action in the nation's capital / Mary K. Ricks
Celebrating emancipation and contesting freedom in Washington, D.C. / Mitch Kachun.
Few images of early America were more striking, and jarring, than that of slaves in the capital city of the world's most important free republic. Black slaves served and sustained the legislators, bureaucrats, jurists, cabinet officials, military leaders, and even the presidents who lived and worked there. While slaves quietly kept the nation's capital running smoothly, lawmakers debated the place of slavery in the nation, the status of slavery in the territories newly acquired from Mexico, and even the legality of the slave trade in itself. This volume, with essays by some of the most distinguished historians in the nation, explores the twin issues of how slavery made life possible in the District of Columbia and how lawmakers in the district regulated slavery in the nation. Contributors: David Brion Davis, Mary Beth Corrigan, A. Glenn Crothers, Jonathan Earle, Stanley Harrold, Mitch Kachun, Mary K. Ricks, James B. Stewart, Susan Zaeske, David Zarefsky. (source: Nielsen Book Data)