The Antebellum Era: Primary Documents on Events from 1820 to 1860, 1st Edition

  • David A. Copeland
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  • ISBN-10: 0313058334
  • ISBN-13: 9780313058332
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 423 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2003 | Published/Released September 2007
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2003

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Discusses how America's pre-civil war press covered important national issues and events of the day. Using editorials, letters, essays, and news reports that appeared throughout the country, it reveals how editors, politicians, and other Americans used the press to influence opinion.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Series Foreword.
Chronology of Events.
1: Introduction: Newspapers and Antebellum America.
2: The Missouri Compromise, 1820.
3: Support for the Compromise.
Joseph Gales and W.W. Seaton: "Missouri Question Settled".
Chester Miner: "Missouri".
An Anonymous Report: "The Missouri Bill".
Montford Stokes: "Missouri Question".
4: Opposition to the Compromise.
An Anonymous Report: "Slavery".
An Anonymous Report: "Evils We Cannot Contemplate".
Theodore Dwight: "Slavery".
Thomas Ritchie: "Missouri Question—Settled!".
An Anonymous Report: "Missouri Question".
An Anonymous Report: "Missouri".
5: The Back-to-Africa Movement, 1822.
6: For Colonization.
Robert G. Harper: "Colonization of the Blacks".
John Russwurm: "Liberia".
William Abels: "Colony of Liberia".
Managers, American Colonization Society: "Address".
7: Against Colonization.
An Anonymous Report: "American Colonization Society".
A Colored Baltimorean: "To the Editor".
An Anonymous Report: "New Jersey".
Gamaliel Bailey: "Candid".
An Anonymous Report: "The African Colony at Liberia".
8: The Monroe Doctrine, 1823.
9: Support for the Doctrine.
Thomas Ritchie: "The President's Message".
George Goodwin: "President's Message".
10: Opposition to the Doctrine.
Crantor: "Maintaining Our Own Rights".
An Anonymous Report: "House of Commons".
11: The Elections of 1824 and 1828.
12: Support for Jackson.
Richard Penn Smith: "The Hero of Orleans".
John Norvell: "A Violation of Principle".
Cimber: "To the People of Virginia".
13: Opposition to Jackson.
Thomas Ritchie: "Gen. Jackson—The Tariff".
Richard Penn Smith: "The Election of 1824".
An Anonymous Report: "Son of a Prostitute".
Ambrose Spencer: "A Note of Alarm".
14: The Massachusetts Public School Act, 1827.
15: Support for Schools.
An Anonymous Report: "Importance of Education".
Samuel Bowles: "The Sabbath Schools".
Friends of Equal Education: "Education in Pennsylvania".
Patriotism: "Normal School".
New Bernian: "Female Education".
16: Opposition to Schools.
Robert Walsh: "No Confidence in Compulsory Equalization".
An Anonymous Report: "Mrs. Margaret Douglass".
17: The South Carolina Tariff Conflict, 1828.
18: In Opposition to the Tariff.
Brutus: "The Crisis—No. I".
An Anonymous Report: "The Tariff Bill Has Passed".
Leonidas: "No. 1".
Sidney: "For the Mercury".
An Anonymous Report: "A Beautiful Scheme".
19: Support of the Tariff.
An Anonymous Report: "From the Savannah Mercury".
Carolinian: "For the Courier".
An Anonymous Report: "Traitors".
"A Resolution: Punish Treason and Suppress Rebellion".
20: The Indian Removal Act, 1830.
21: Support for Indian Removal.
George Gilmer: "Cherokee Removal".
Thomas Ritchie: "The Cherokees".
An Anonymous Report: "Indian Sovereignty".
An Anonymous Report: "The Cherokees".
22: Opposition to Indian Removal.
William Penn: "No. I. Present Crisis in the Condition of the American Indian".
William Penn: "No. XXIV. Plan for Removal of the Indians".
Elias Boudinot: "A Challenge for Georgia".
William Penn: "What Are the People of the United States Bound to Do in Regard to the Indian Question?".
23: William Lloyd Garrison and the Abolitionist Movement, 1831.
24: Support for Abolitionism.
Benjamin Lundy: "Equality".
William Lloyd Garrison: "To the Public".
William Lloyd Garrison: "A Short Catechism Adapted to All Parts of the United States".
An Anonymous Report: "A Great Slave Auction".
25: Opposition to Abolitionism.
Amos Kendall: "Abolitionists Want to Destroy the South".
An Anonymous Report: "American Foreign Anti-Slavery Society Annual Meeting".
James De Bow: "The Blessings of Slavery".
Clayton Banner: "Negroes in Africa".
26: Nat Turner and Slave Insurrections, 1831.
27: Opposition to Insurrections.
William Lloyd Garrison: "Walker's Appeal".
T. Trezevant: "Disagreeable Rumors".
An Anonymous Report: "Insurrection of the Blacks".
T. Trezevant: "Nat Turner Apprehended".
Joint Committee on Federal Relations: "Preamble".
28: Support for Insurrections.
William Lloyd Garrison: "The Insurrection".
George Goodwin: "To Be Secure and Free".
William Lloyd Garrison: "The Great Crisis".
A.J. Grover: "Slave Insurrections".
29: The Nullification Act, 1832.
30: Support for Nullification.
Henry L. Pinckney: "Our Union".
An Anonymous Report: "Union—Disunion".
Thomas Ritchie: "Anti-Tariff Convention".
Robert Hayne: "Stand or Fall with Carolina".
31: Opposition to Nullification.
C.F. Daniels: "Submission Men".
Furioso: "A Well Organized Party".
George Goodwin: "The Tariff Convention".
William Cullen Bryant: "Wreck of the Republic Not at Hand".
32: The Bank of the United States, 1832.
33: Support for the Bank.
Hezekiah Niles: "Remarks by the Editor of the Register".
An Anonymous Report: "The Bank Veto".
Isaac Bates: "Speech of Mr. Bates".
34: Opposition to the Bank.
An Anonymous Report: "United States Bank".
Thomas Ritchie: "Mr. Niles—and the Bank of the U.S.".
An Anonymous Report: "No Need for a National Bank".
J. Downing: "I'm Stump'd".
35: The Penny Press and the Moral War, 1833.
36: Support for the Penny Press.
James Gordon Bennett: "To the Public".
Benjamin Day: "Published Daily".
James Gordon Bennett: "The Herald and the Great Role of a Newspaper".
Gerald Hallock: "Penny Papers".
James Gordon Bennett: "The Herald".
James Gordon Bennett: "Price Increase".
37: Opposition to Penny Press Tactics.
William M. Swain: "Venal and Corrupt".
William Newell: "Subverse to Any Valuable Moral Purpose".
Benjamin Day: "Beat".
Park Benjamin: "Utter Scoundrelism".
Henry Raymond: "The Times Will Speak for Itself".
An Anonymous Report: "A Curse from Providence".
38: The Alamo and Texas Annexation, 1836.
39: Support for Annexation and/or Texas Independence.
Jefferson: "Shall We Declare Independence?".
An Anonymous Report: "Highly Important from Texas".
An Anonymous Report: "Distresses of the Colonists".
An Anonymous Report: "The Storm Is Gathering".
Thomas Walker Gilmer: "To the Editor".
Andrew Jackson: "Texas Annexation".
John L. O'Sullivan: "Annexation".
40: Opposition to Annexation.
Theodore Dwight: "The Purchase of Texas".
John Quincy Adams: "Address to the People of the Free States of the Union".
William G. Brownlow: "Texas Against Annexation".
41: The Trail of Tears, 1838.
42: Support for Indian Removal.
An Anonymous Report from Georgia: "The Incessant Cry of Bread!".
Andrew Jackson: "President Jackson's Message".
An Anonymous Report: "Creek War Incidents".
Mark S. Flournoy: "Cherokee Affairs".
43: Opposition to Indian Removal.
David Crockett: "Speech of Colonial David Crockett".
A Gentleman of New York: "Cherokee Treatment".
An Anonymous Report: "The Last Indian".
Evan Jones: "With the Cherokees".
44: The Amistad and Cinque, 1839.
45: Support for the Africans.
George Day: "Narrative of the Africans".
John Quincy Adams: "Victims of the Slave Trade".
Quere: "More Amistad Questions".