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The Slave Power: The Free North and Southern Domination, 1780-1860by Richards, Leonard L.
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Retail Price: $39.95
Issue: Summer 2001
Leonard L. Richards revisits the subject of southern domination in American politics during the early republic and antebellum years, attributing the phenomenon to such factors as the support of northern Democrats and Whigs for pro-slave legislation, the three-fifths slave representation rule in the House of Representatives, and the allocation of two senators to each state. The influx of immigrants into northern states and the concomitant rise of the Republican Party, which drew its support almost exclusively from north of the Mason-Dixon, cracked the "Slave Power" in Congress---and the 1860-61 secession of southern states crumbled it forever.