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

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Oxford University Press, May 1, 2003 - History - 1248 pages
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Here, Michael F. Holt gives us the only comprehensive history of the Whigs 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.
  

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

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The first 200-300 pages are very good, discussing how the party evolved out of the Madison wing of the Democratic-Republicans after the factious and misnamed "Era of Good Feeling." However, their is ... Read full review

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

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helps with understanding the Whig Part Read full review

Contents

Not Fitted to Make Converts
1
To Rescue the Government and Public Liberty
19
No Opposition Man Can Be Elected President
33
We Have Many Recruits in Our Ranks from the Pressure of the Times
60
Harrison and Prosperity or Van Buren and Ruin
89
The Whig Party Seems Now Totally Broken Up and Dismembered
122
Whigs Are in High Spirits
162
The Present Administration Are Your Best Recruiting Officers
208
Fillmore Is Precisely the Man for the Occasion
598
Webster Is Now Engaged in Strenuous Efforts to Secure the Succession
635
Scott Scott Alone Is the Man for the Emergency
673
Like Pissing Against the Wind
726
Now Is the Time to Start New the Old Issues Are Gone
765
This Nebraska Business Will Entirely Denationalize the Whig Party
804
The Whig Party as a Party Are Entirely Disbanded
836
Confusion Worse Confounded
879

The Contest for President Should Be Regarded as a Contest of Principles
259
Must Have the Aid of Gunpoivder
284
Stimulate Every Whig to Turn Out
331
Many Discordant Political Interests to Reconcile
383
Patronage Is a Dangerous Element of Power
414
The Slavery Excitement Seems Likely to Obliterate Party Lines
459
The Long Agony Is Over
521
God Save Us from Whig Vice Presidents
553
Let Then the Whig Party Pass
909
The Whig Party Is Dead and Buried
951
Notes
987
Abbreviations Used in Notes
1179
Bibliography
1181
Index
1203
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Michael F. Holt , a leading authority on nineteenth-century American politics, is Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History at the University of Virginia. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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