JOURNAL OF THE EARLY REPUBLIC (Winter 2014) in state politics during the 1780s and 1790s, he did very little after 1800 to keep Maryland from slipping gradually toward Republican dominance by the time he died in 1816. Instead, he found contentment within the family circle. From early adulthood, he had shown advanced views on the status of women, believing that ``nature had made them man's equal while society had deprived them of opportunity'' (87). His marriage reflected the transition then occurring from the traditional patriarchal union to the more companionate union of the republican era. McHenry also had relatively advanced racial views, supporting gradual manumission and calling the famous African American Benjamin Banneker ``my black friend'' (147), though he saw no contradiction between these sentiments and the family's ownership of several domestic slaves. Ja mes H . Br ous sard is professor of history at Lebanon Valley College. He is the author of The Southern Federalists, 18001816 (Baton Rouge, LA, 1978) and of a forthcoming short biography of Ronald Reagan. Diplomacy in Black and White: John Adams, Toussaint Louverture, and Their Atlantic World Alliance. By Ronald Angelo Johnson. (Athens: The University of Georgia Press, 2014. Pp. 241. Cloth,
Journal of the Early Republic – University of Pennsylvania Press
Published: Nov 24, 2014
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