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Frontier democracy : constitutional conventions in the Old Northwest / Silvana R. Siddali, Saint Louis University.

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  • ISBN: 9781107090767
  • ISBN: 1107090768
  • Physical Description: xv, 392 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2016.

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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Delegates -- Constitutions -- Laws -- Lawmakers -- Judges -- Land rights -- Places -- Citizens -- Wives -- Banks -- Epilogue.
Summary, etc.:
"Frontier Democracy examines the debates over state constitutions in the antebellum Northwest (Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin) from the 1820s through the 1850s. This is a book about conversations: in particular, the fights and negotiations over the core ideals in the constitutions that brought these frontier communities to life. Silvana R. Siddali argues that the Northwestern debates over representation and citizenship reveal two profound commitments: the first to fair deliberation, and the second to ethical principles based on republicanism, Christianity, and science. Some of these ideas succeeded brilliantly: within forty years, the region became an economic and demographic success story. However, some failed tragically: racial hatred prevailed everywhere in the region, in spite of reformers' passionate arguments for justice, and resulted in disfranchisement and even exclusion for non-white Northwesterners that lasted for generations"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Constitutional conventions > Northwest, Old > History > 19th century.
Frontier and pioneer life > Northwest, Old.
Democracy > Northwest, Old > History > 19th century.
Northwest, Old > Politics and government > 19th century.
Northwest, Old > Social conditions > 19th century.

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