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Party over Section: The Rough and Ready Presidential Election of 1848

Party over Section: The Rough and Ready Presidential Election of 1848

by Joel H. Silbey
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ISBN-13: 9780700616404
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
Publication date: 03/11/2009
Series: American Presidential Elections
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 214
Sales rank: 987,777
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Joel H. Silbey is President White Professor of History, Emeritus, at Cornell University and author or editor of more than twenty books, most recently Storm over Texas: The Annexation Controversy and the Road to Civil War.

Table of Contents

Editors' Foreword
Author's Preface
1. Troubled Political Times
2. "A Northern No"
3. "The Sore-Headed Leaders in the State of New York"—and Some Others—Nominate a President
4. "The Work to Be Done": The Parties Organize
5. "There Never Was an Election of Greater Importance": The Parties Define What Is at State
6. "The Presence of Every Man Is Necessary": Zachary Taylor Is Elected
7. "A Conspicuous Milestone in the Antislavery Journey"—or Not
Appendix A: Democratic National Platform, 1848
Appendix B: Whig Party Statement of Principles Passed at a Mass Meeting after the National Convention
Appendix C: Free Soil National Platform, 1848
Appendix D: Zachary Taylor's Inaugural Address, March 5, 1849
Bibliographic Essay

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Party over Section: The Rough and Ready Presidential Election of 1848 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Plantyfinn on LibraryThing 5 months ago
An interesting story of an important election in which the parties managed to survive the passions and divisions created by the Mexican War. This isn't one of the best of the University of Kansas Presidential election series. It's a bit dry for such a close and interesting election that involved such commanding figures of the Jacksonian era as Calhoun, Clay, Webster, and Van Buren and Lincoln, representing the political future and surprisingly in this election an advocate of slaveholder Zachary Taylor. A more interesting recounting of this election, but one exclusively from the Whig perspective, can be found in Michael Holt's Rise and Fall of the Whig Party.