This book fills a long neglected hole in American history and political thought. The debate over emancipation in 1829-32, and the success of the pro-slave interests in these debates paved the way for the development of the positive good thesis that was articulated and popularized by John C. Calhoun. These debates were to become a bellweather for the union.
Erik S. Root is assistant professor of political science at West Liberty State College.
Chapter 1 Acknowledgements Chapter 2 1 Introduction Chapter 3 2 Early Anti-Slavery Efforts Chapter 4 3 Jefferson, Virginia, and the Founders Chapter 5 4 The Tide Begins to Turn: The Virginia Consitutional Convention of 1829-1830 and the Attack on Natural Rights Chapter 6 5 Firebell in the Night: Natural Rights Abandoned Chapter 7 6 Toward Perpetual Slavery: The Virginia Slavery Debate of 1831-1832 Chapter 8 7 The Proslavery Argument Revisited: Thomas Roderick Dew and the Beginning of the Positive Good Thesis Chapter 9 8 Conclusion: Virginia and the Positive Good Thesis Chapter 10 Bibliography