The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party: Jacksonian Politics and the Onset of the Civil War

The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party: Jacksonian Politics and the Onset of the Civil War

by Michael F. Holt
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195055446

ISBN-13: 9780195055443

Pub. Date: 06/17/1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Here, Michael F. Holt gives us the only comprehensive history of the American Whig party ever written. He offers a panoramic account of the tumultuous Antebellum period, a time when a flurry of parties and larger-than-life politicians -- Andrew Jackson, John C. Calhoun, Martin Van Buren, and Henry Clay -- struggled for control as the U.S. inched towards secession. It

Overview

Here, Michael F. Holt gives us the only comprehensive history of the American Whig party ever written. He offers a panoramic account of the tumultuous Antebellum period, a time when a flurry of parties and larger-than-life politicians -- Andrew Jackson, John C. Calhoun, Martin Van Buren, and Henry Clay -- struggled for control as the U.S. inched towards secession. It was an era when Americans were passionately involved in politics, when local concerns drove national policy, and when momentous political events -- like the Annexation of Texas and the Kansas-Nebraska Act -- rocked the country. Amid this contentious political activity, the Whig Party continuously strove to unite North and South, emerging as the nation's last great hope to prevent secession.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195055443
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/17/1999
Pages:
1296
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 2.10(d)
Lexile:
1600L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsxv
1"Not Fitted to Make Converts"1
2"To Rescue the Government and Public Liberty"19
3"No Opposition Man Can Be Elected President"33
4"We Have Many Recruits in Our Ranks from the Pressure of the Times"60
5"Harrison and Prosperity or Van Buren and Ruin"89
6"The Whig Party Seems Now Totally Broken Up and Dismembered"122
7"The Whigs Are in High Spirits"162
8"The Present Administration Are Your Best Recruiting Officers"208
9"The Contest for President Should Be Regarded as a Contest of Principles"259
10"We Must Have the Aid of Gunpowder"284
11"Stimulate Every Whig to Turn Out"331
12"Many Discordant Political Interests to Reconcile"383
13"Patronage Is a Dangerous Element of Power"414
14"The Slavery Excitement Seems Likely to Obliterate Party Lines"459
15"The Long Agony Is Over"521
16"God Save Us from Whig Vice Presidents"553
17"Fillmore ... Is Precisely the Man for the Occasion"598
18"Webster Is Now Engaged in Strenuous Efforts to Secure the Succession"635
19"Scott & Scott Alone Is the Man for the Emergency"673
20"Like Pissing Against the Wind"726
21"Now Is the Time to Start New; the Old Issues Are Gone"765
22"This Nebraska Business Will Entirely Denationalize the Whig Party"804
23"The Whig Party, as a Party, Are Entirely Disbanded"836
24"Confusion Worse Confounded"879
25"Let, Then, the Whig Party Pass"909
26"The Whig Party Is Dead and Buried"951
Notes987
Abbreviations Used in Notes1179
Bibliography1181
Index1203

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