A "Crisis of Americanism": Newspaper Coverage of John Brown's Raid at Harper's Ferry and a Question of Loyalty

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Description: [...] strong were these ties that by the 1850s attacks on the "peculiar institution" were interpreted as assaults on the South in general.16 Many southern slave owners became increasingly alarmed, and, as one historian noted, South Carolina slaveholders and non-slaveholders, for example, came to view themselves as "under siege" by anti-slavery proponents, especially the abolitionists.17 Many southern leaders, including newspaper editors, believed that the anti-slavery politics of the increasingly powerful Republican Parry, which had gained national prominence by asserting, among other things, that a "slave power" conspiracy burdened the entire nation, fueled the abolitionism of men such as Brown.
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