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Compromising for the Sake of Expansion

Alexander Tsesis

in For Liberty and Equality

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780195379693
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949847 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379693.003.0005
Compromising for the Sake of Expansion

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The Democratic-Republican Party dominated politics during the first quarter of the nineteenth century, with Thomas Jefferson as its leader for much of that period. This era of seeming political tranquility was punctured by debates about whether slavery should extend west to the Missouri Territory. The Declaration of Independence figured prominently in congressional deliberations, forever altering understanding of the document's central message and the country's self-image.

Keywords: Declaration of Independence; Democratic-Republican Party; Thomas Jefferson; slavery; Missouri Territory

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