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“A Temporary ‘Third Party’”: Antislavery Whig Dissidents in the 1841 Speakership Contest

Corey M. Brooks

in Liberty Power

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2016 | ISBN: 9780226307282
Published online September 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780226307312 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226307312.003.0005
“A Temporary ‘Third Party’”: Antislavery Whig Dissidents in the 1841 Speakership Contest

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This section shows how antislavery Whigs including John Quincy Adams, Seth Gates, Joshua Giddings, and William Slade bucked their party leadership and refused to support another slaveholder in the 1841 election for Speaker of the House. Though this small protest was unable to block the election of Kentucky’s John White, political abolitionists cautiously praised this step as evidence that the Slave Power’s demands were beginning to wear on the most committed antislavery members of the Whig congressional majority.

Keywords: 1841 election for Speaker of the House; Speaker of the House; Slave Power; political abolitionists; John Quincy Adams; Seth Gates; Joshua Giddings; William Slade; John White

Chapter.  1000 words. 

Subjects: Political History

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