American Party Battle / Edition 1

American Party Battle / Edition 1

by Joel H. Silbey
     
 

The nineteenth century was the heyday of furious contention between American political parties, and Joel Silbey has recaptured the drama and substance of those battles in a representative sampling of party pamphlets. Political parties mapped the landscape of electoral and ideological warfare, constructing images of themselves and of their adversaries that resonate and… See more details below

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The nineteenth century was the heyday of furious contention between American political parties, and Joel Silbey has recaptured the drama and substance of those battles in a representative sampling of party pamphlets. Political parties mapped the landscape of electoral and ideological warfare, constructing images of themselves and of their adversaries that resonate and echo the basic characteristics of America's then reigning sets of ideas, The nature of political controversy, as well as the substance of politics, is embedded in these party documents which both united and divided Americans. Unlike today's party platforms, these pamphlets explicated real issues and gave insight into the society at large. Andrew Jackson's Democrats, Millard Fillmore's Whigs, Abraham Lincoln's Republicans, and other, lesser-known parties are represented here. The pamphlets demonstrate how, for this fifty-year period, political parties were surrogates for American demands and values. Broad in scope, widely circulated, catalysts for heated debate over the decades, these pamphlets are important documents in the history of American politics.

In a brilliant monograph-length introduction, Silbey teases out and elucidates the themes each party stressed and took as its own in its fight for the soul of the nation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674026452
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
08/31/1999
Series:
John Harvard Library Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Defining the Soul of the Nation
Pt. 1The Evolution of Party Warfare, 1828-1838
1Proceedings and Address of the New Hampshire Republican State Convention ... Friendly to the Election of Andrew Jackson ... (Concord, 1828)
2The Virginia Address (Richmond, 1828)
3Proceedings of the Antimasonic Republican Convention of the State of Maine (Hallowell, Me., 1834)
4To the Electors of Massachusetts (Worcester? 1837)
Pt. 2The Jacksonian-Whig Synthesis, 1838-1854
5To the Democratic Republican Party of Alabama (n.p., 1840)
6Address of the Liberty Party of Pennsylvania to the People of the State (Philadelphia, 1844)
7The Twenty-Ninth Congress, Its Men and Measures; Its Professions and Its Principles ... (Washington, 1846)
8What's the Difference? Cass and Taylor on the Slavery Question (Boston, 1848)
9Speech of Hon. Stephen A. Douglas, of Illinois, Delivered in Richmond, Virginia, July 9, 1852 (Richmond, 1852)
Pt. 3New Issues and Parties: Americans, Republicans, and Divided Democrats, 1854-1860
10A Few Considerations for Reflecting Voters (New York, 1855?)
11The Parties of the Day. Speech of William H. Seward at Auburn, October 21, 1856 (Washington, 1857)
12The Conspiracy to Break Up the Union. The Plot and Its Development ... (Washington, 1860)
13Salient Points of the Campaign ... (Springfield, 1860)
Pt. 4The Culmination of the Battle for the Soul of America, 1861-1876
14An Address ... to the People of the States Which Adhere to the Federal Government (Washington, 1864)
15"Union" on Dis-Union Principles! The Chicago Platform, McClellan's Letter of Acceptance ... A Speech Delivered by Abram Wakeman, of New York, ... Nov. 3, 1864 (New York, 1864)
16Modern Philanthropy Illustrated. How They Tried to Make a White Man of a Negro ... (n.p., 1868)
17The Three Secession Movements in the United States. Samuel J. Tilden, ... the Adviser, Aider, and Abettor of the Great Secession Movement of 1860 ... (Boston, 1876)

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