The Slavery Debate in Antebellum America: Cognitive Style, Value Conflict, and the Limits of Compromise

  title={The Slavery Debate in Antebellum America: Cognitive Style, Value Conflict, and the Limits of Compromise},
  author={Philip E. Tetlock and David Alain Armor and Randall S. Peterson},
  journal={Journal of Personality and Social Psychology},
This article explores the relations among value conflict, cognitive style, and policy preferences in pre-Civil War America. Drawing on major historical works, prominent political figures were classified into 1 of 4 political positions: abolitionists, free-soil Republicans who would tolerate slavery in the South but prevent further spread, Buchanan Democrats who would permit slavery in new territories, and advocates of slavery. Results revealed (a) greatest integrative complexity among free-soil… 

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