Martin Van Buren And The Emergence Of American Popular Politics / Edition 256

Martin Van Buren And The Emergence Of American Popular Politics / Edition 256

by Joel H. Silbey
     
 

ISBN-10: 0742522431

ISBN-13: 9780742522435

Pub. Date: 07/16/2002

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

"Martin Van Buren was a one-term president whose public life has long been overshadowed by the more fiery personalities of his day - Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, and John C. Calhoun. Nevertheless, Van Buren was a transforming political figure in American history, one of the first of the new republic's professional politicians." In the early part of the…  See more details below

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"Martin Van Buren was a one-term president whose public life has long been overshadowed by the more fiery personalities of his day - Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, and John C. Calhoun. Nevertheless, Van Buren was a transforming political figure in American history, one of the first of the new republic's professional politicians." In the early part of the nineteenth century, America was skeptical of popular politics, distrustful of political parties, and disdainful of political management. However, as prominent historian Joel H. Silbey demonstrates, Martin Van Buren took the lead among his contemporaries in remolding the old political order as he captured the New York State governorship a seat in the United States Senate, and ultimately the presidency. Silbey argues that Van Buren recognized the need for effective national political organization and, in the process, helped remake America's political culture. Martin Van Buren and the Emergence of American Popular Politics takes a fresh look at the life and political career of one of America's most often overlooked, yet most influential, public figures.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742522435
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
07/16/2002
Series:
American Profiles Series
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
0.69(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
1The Tavern Keeper's Son: The Making of a Politician, 1782-18121
2"The Partisan Leader" I: Master of the State, 1812-182115
3"The Partisan Leader" II: The Senator from New York, 1821-182835
4The Seats of the Mighty, 1828-183259
5The Democracy's Heir Apparent, 1832-183683
6At the Summit: The Eighth President of the United States, 1837-1841109
7"The People Could Not Be Rallied for Van Buren"137
8The Partisan Leader at Bay, 1841-1847159
9"The Most Fallen Man I Have Ever Known": The Party Leader Becomes a Political Rebel - For a Time, 1848-1852189
10Political Afterlife, 1852-1862207
11"The Honors of Their Statesman"217
Suggested Reading221
Index225
About the Author237

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