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Apostle of Union: A Political Biography of Edward Everett by Matthew Mason

By Matthew Mason

identified this day as "the different speaker at Gettysburg," Edward Everett had a individual and illustrative occupation at each point of yank politics from the 1820s throughout the Civil battle. during this new biography, Matthew Mason argues that Everett's terribly well-documented occupation finds a fancy guy whose moving political beliefs, particularly regarding slavery, light up the nuances of Northern Unionism. in relation to Everett--who as soon as pledged to march south to help slaveholders in placing down slave insurrections--Mason explores simply how advanced the query of slavery was once for many Northerners, who thought of slavery inside of a bigger context of competing priorities that alternately furthered or hindered antislavery actions.

By charting Everett's altering stance towards slavery through the years, Mason sheds new gentle on antebellum conservative politics, the complexities of slavery and its similar matters for reform-minded american citizens, and the ways that secession changed into civil battle. As Mason demonstrates, Everett's political and cultural efforts to maintain the Union, and the reaction to his paintings from voters and politicians, support us see the arriving of the Civil struggle as a three-sided, not only two-sided, contest.

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