Political Parties and American Political Development from the Age of Jackson to the Age of Lincoln

Political Parties and American Political Development from the Age of Jackson to the Age of Lincoln

by Michael F. Holt
     
 

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This book is a collection of some of Michael Holt's more important shorter studies on the politics of nineteenth-century America. The collection focuses on the mass political parties that emerged in the 1820s and their role in broader political developments from that decade to 1865. Political Parties and American Political Development from the Age of Jackson to the

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This book is a collection of some of Michael Holt's more important shorter studies on the politics of nineteenth-century America. The collection focuses on the mass political parties that emerged in the 1820s and their role in broader political developments from that decade to 1865. Political Parties and American Political Development from the Age of Jackson to the Age of Lincoln offers provocative insights into both the history of nineteenth-century politics and the way it is studied.

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Library Journal
This valuable collection brings together numerous important but scattered essays by Holt (history, Univ. of Virginia) written from 1970 to 1990 concerning the influence of political third parties in the 19th century. Holt's introduction demonstrates the growth of his thinking on the development and behavior of third parties and the connection of partisan politics to the outbreak of the Civil War. Holt maps out a strategy for further analysis of these and other themes concerning the third-party movement, citing Richard McCormick's The Party Period and Public Policy (Oxford Univ. Pr., 1986) as a useful integrated history of rapid political and party changes. Holt's essays suggested or generated much analysis of 19th-century party politics; his overriding conclusion that elections typically have been referenda on past party performance says much about voter and party behavior that is as helpful in understanding the vigorous performance of third parties a century ago as it is in making sense of the relative stability of today's two-party system. A solid work that belongs in all academic library collections.-- Susan E. Parker, Harvard Law Sch. Lib.
Booknews
A collection of some of Holt's (American history, U. of Virginia) more important shorter studies on the politics of 19th-century America, focusing on the mass political parties that emerged in the 1820s and their role in broader political developments from that decade to 1865. Most of the essays have been published previously over a 20-year span. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807117286
Publisher:
Louisiana State University Press
Publication date:
06/01/1992
Pages:
365
Product dimensions:
6.29(w) x 9.31(h) x 1.26(d)

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