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"And be It so enacted": natural law and southern federalism in the fugitive slave controversy

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dc.contributor.advisor Denning, Robert Jenkins, Natasha Townsel 2017-08-29T19:37:41Z 2017-08-29T19:37:41Z 2017-06
dc.description.abstract Despite the vast research on the events that led to the Civil War, little scholarship focuses solely on the extent to which the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 played a role. While historians highlight the law’s political, social, and cultural significance to the sectional conflict, the literature on the Fugitive Slave Law does not consider its importance to the ideological debate that exacerbated the rift between the Free and Slave states. This study focuses on the impact that the differing interpretations of Natural Law had on the sectional conflict, and how each section’s prioritization of personal liberty and property underscores the true nature of the states’ rights debate. An analysis of antebellum newspapers, pamphlets, and fugitive slave cases demonstrates that the Free states were more inclined to argue for states’ rights during the fugitive slave crisis, whereas Slave states argued in favor of federalism to protect their right to recover their slave property. This examination will add to Civil War scholarship by inverting the states’ rights defense in favor of the northern states and further highlight the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 as one of the leading causes of the disunion that led to civil war. (Author abstract) en_US
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dc.publisher Southern New Hampshire University en_US
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dc.rights Author retains all ownership rights. Further reproduction in violation of copyright is prohibited en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Southern New Hampshire University -- Theses (History) en_US
dc.subject.other American history en_US
dc.subject.other antebellum en_US
dc.subject.other American Civil War en_US
dc.subject.other fugitive slaves en_US
dc.subject.other natural law en_US
dc.subject.other slavery en_US
dc.subject.other state's rights en_US
dc.title "And be It so enacted": natural law and southern federalism in the fugitive slave controversy en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Irvine, Robert
dc.description.bibliographicCitation Jenkins, N. T. (2017). "And be it so enacted": natural law and southern federalism in the fugitive slave controversy. Retrieved from en_US Master Arts en_US
dc.description.program History en_US College of Online and Continuing Education en_US
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dc.rightsHolder Jenkins, Natasha Townsel

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