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For Liberty and EqualityThe Life and Times of the Declaration of Independence$
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Alexander Tsesis

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195379693

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379693.001.0001

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Compromising for the Sake of Expansion

Compromising for the Sake of Expansion

(p.57) 5 Compromising for the Sake of Expansion
For Liberty and Equality

Alexander Tsesis

Oxford University Press

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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