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I've used the Finkelman proslavery volume before, and it has worked well in the classroom. The students are a but uncomfortable at first with discussing some of the arguments, but as they begin to unpack the "logic" of the proslavery position, they find the sectional debate that much more complex, which is all to the good. I'd recommend the text. For religion, Nathan Hatch's Democratization of American Christianity is excellent, and well-suited for classroom use (length, accessibility, interesting prose). For slavery and Jeffersonian politics, Matthew Mason's Slavery & Politics in the Early American Republic is quite good. And I'd also highly recommend Christopher Clark's Social Change in America: From the Revolution Through the Civil War. It touches on the issues in which you're interested in a variety of ways, and does so well. Good luck with the course! Cheers! Kevin --- Kevin M. Gannon History Department, Grand View College 1200 Grandview Avenue Des Moines, Iowa 50316 (515) 263-6102 http://faculty.gvc.edu/kgannon ----- "A history in which every particular incident may be true may on the whole be false." ~Thomas Babington Macaulay