The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 19, July 1915 - April, 1916 Page: 315
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Book Reviews and Notices
own with Jackson's rise to the presidency, are the newest features
of the book, and they are excellent.
Economic history, and particularly the economic history of the
South, has only begun during the last decade to attract the seri-
ous attention of investigators, so that in the field which is pecu-
liarly his own Professor I)odd has been able to put into, convenient
form a great deal of anal zed and interpreted information not
elsewhere readily available. Though both books are as non-par-
tisan in spirit as human fairness and honesty can make them,
the writer does not remember to have seen a more uncompromis-
ing characterization of the abolition movement from the South-
ern point of view than Professor .Dodd's: "In no other country
of that time could a movement like American abolitionism have
gained such a hearing. In England the Government, that is the
people, never dreamed of destroying without compensation the
millions of property in West Indian slaves. But American aboli-
tionists declared that there could be no property in man, just as
the socialists say there can he no, property in land. To destroy
outright the property which underlay the Southern political power
and the Southern aristocracy was the aim of Garrison, and he
found able men, owners of large estates in the North, who were
willing to do what he urged." On the refusal of the House in
1836 to debate petitions concerning slavery, "John Quincy Adams
declared that the rights of his constituents, as guaranteed in the
Constitution, were .. . abrogated. On the other hand, Cal-
houn declared in the Senate, with equal truth, that the constitu-
tional rights of his constituents would be jeopardized if the peti-
tions were received and debated." The interplay of sectional in-
terests is remarkably well depicted.
Numerous maps and charts are a feature of both books, but a
considerable number of these will not prove as useful as they are
probably expected to be because neither they nor the texts provide
the data necessary for interpretation. Moreover, the scale upon
which they are drawn is too small for practical use. The plan
of the books does not allow footnotes, but brief bibliographical
suggestions follow each chapter. In these it is gratifying to notice
the steady reliance upon McMaster.
EUGENE C. BARKER.
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