The intellectual experience of the people was mainly theological and political, as it was everywhere in that day, but there were several among them who had a real love for books, and when they met at the druggist's, as they did every night, to dispute of the inspiration of the Scriptures and the principles of the Free Soil party
, the talk sometimes turned upon the respective merits of Dickens and Thackeray, Gibbon and Macaulay, Wordsworth and Byron.
Four years later, Van Buren's faction would walk out altogether, forming the nucleus of the new Free Soil Party
In 1848, he fought slavery but never joined the Free Soil Party
Thus the Free Soil Party
, which was established in time for the 1848 presidential election, with Martin Van Buren and Charles Francis Adams its candidates, united antislavery Whigs and Democrats with Liberty members.
Their vehicle, the Free Soil Party
, ran the former Jacksonian Martin Van Buren of New York for president against the candidates of the national Democratic and Whig Parties on a platform that barred the extension of slavery to the territorial spoils of a recent war with Mexico.
Also running were Democrat Lewis Cass and Martin Van Buren, the former president who had come out of retirement to run as the candidate of the antislavery Free Soil Party
Bush, Willa Cather, coal mining, the Confederate States of America, Miles Davis, the Dust Bowl, the Enola Gay, the Free Soil Party
, French and Dutch immigration, The Grapes of Wrath, William Randolph Hearst, indentured servitude, the Internet revolution, Henry Kissinger, the Ku Klux Klan, Malcolm X, muckraking, the My Lai Massacre, the Potsdam Conference, Students for a Democratic Society, the telegraph, weapons of mass destruction, and Brigham Young.