University of North Carolina Press
A conservative consensus dominated the politics of the antebellum North. So argues Adam I. P. Smith, a senior lecturer at the University College of London, in The Stormy Present. Smith has produced an admirable study of how self-defined northern conservatives—who appeared across the partisan spectrum—wrestled with the problem of slavery. Drawing mainly on newspaper editorials and the personal papers of politicians, Smith explores a network of “conservative” assumptions that underlay political argument in the North and provided a level of unity as the region’s leaders confronted the unrelenting demands of the South.
"The Stormy Present: Conservatism and the Problem of Slavery in Northern Politics, 1846-1865,"
Civil War Book Review: Vol. 20
Available at: https://repository.lsu.edu/cwbr/vol20/iss3/12